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Deliveroo claims victory in self-employment case

<b>Deliveroo riders have been ruled self-employed by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).</b><p>The test case was brought against the delivery company by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) .<p>The IWGB said the ruling showed a majority of Deliveroo riders wanted workers' …

Camden

Jess Varnish to sue UK Sport and British Cycling over bullying claims

• Cycling’s governing body accused of being two-faced in dealings with rider • Case centres on sex discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal claims<p>Jess Varnish’s team have accused British Cycling of saying different things to them in private when it comes to her case than it has in public. …

Many families are still struggling with in-work poverty – but the majority of companies still refuse to pay the real living wage

At least 150,000 people received a pay rise yesterday as rates for the real living wage, a voluntary scheme undertaken by an increasing number of UK …

MPs berate low-cost gym chain over 'self-employed' personal trainers

Frank Field attacks Gym Group’s use of self-employed contracts as ‘egregious’ in latest conflict with gig economy firms such as Uber<p>The controversy over workers being being pushed into “dubious” self-employment has been reignited, with a parliamentary committee accusing a leisure group of …

Employment tribunal fees repayment scheme launched

The Government has announced details of how individuals who paid employment tribunal fees can apply for a refund, following the...The post Employment …

Human Resources

Lucy Eastwood – “A law on the move: Are Local Authorities vicariously liable for abuse committed by foster parents against children in their care?”

<i></i><i>“The law of vicarious liability is on the move”</i> proclaimed Lord Phillips in the last judgment he delivered as President of the Supreme Court: <i>Various</i> …

Foster Care

Royal Mail wins strike injunction

<b>Royal Mail has won an injunction in London's High Court preventing next week's 48-hour strike.</b><p>The postal firm's workers had been set to walk out from 19 October in protest over pensions, wages and jobs.<p>But the company said the strike would be "unlawful" if the Communication Workers Union (CWU) did …

United Kingdom

Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill introduced today

• Bill delivers on government’s promise to ensure ‘bereavement support’ for employees<br>• Kevin Hollinrake MP, introduces government-supported Bill in …

The Workplace

Blog Post: Foster carer to bring tribunal claim over workers’ rights

<b>Union says case could open floodgates for thousands of fosterers</b>An employment tribunal claim is today being lodged on behalf of a foster carer, …

Foster Care

Royal Mail seeks injunction to halt 48-hour postal strike

Union members to walk out from 19 October in dispute over pensions, pay and jobs<p>Royal Mail is seeking a high court injunction to stop a planned 48-hour strike by postal workers after the Communication Workers Union did not meet a midday deadline to withdraw industrial action.<p>Members of the CWU …

More than half of Londoners in poverty are in working families

Study finds 58% of city’s residents in poverty are living in working households compared with 28% two decades ago<p>More than half of the 2.3 million Londoners living in poverty are members of households in which someone is earning money, research has found.<p>The overall poverty rate in London has …

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary 'promises pilots better pay to stay'

The letter comes after a pilot rota crisis forced the airline to cancel thousands of flights.<p>In the letter Mr O'Leary is said to have asked pilots …

Ryanair

Norway will pay their male and female football teams the same

<b>Norway's male and female players will receive the same amount of pay for representing the country, the Norwegian football association has announced.</b><p>The amount of money paid to the women's team will almost double from 3.1m krone (£296,845) to 6m krone (£574,540).<p>This includes 550,000 krone (£47,875) …

Women's Sports

Royal Mail staff back national strike in pay and pension dispute

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said a ballot of 110,000 staff had a turnout of 73% - with 89% of voters backing industrial action.<p>Any strike …

Lewes FC become first football club to give equal pay to both men's and women's teams

A football club has become the first to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s.<p>Lewes FC, whose men’s side play in Isthmian League Division One South - the eighth tier of the English game - announced the unprecedented move as part of what they dubbed their ‘Equality FC’ campaign.<p>As well as …

The US Women's National Hockey Team went after equal pay and fair treatment — and won

The US Women's National Hockey Team will return to defend their title in the world championships this year. Until Wednesday, the team had been locked in a 15-month contract dispute with the sport's national governing body, USA Hockey — over unfair pay and unequal treatment — and the women …

USA Hockey

Asda urged to drop equal pay challenge and raise shop-floor wages

Employment appeal tribunal backs ruling that store staff do jobs comparable to mostly male warehouse workers<p>Asda is being urged to drop a legal action and increase pay on the shop floor after the supermarket lost its appeal against an equal pay claim from 15,000 workers.<p>On Thursday, the employment …

Cancellations and staffing crises – is Ryanair losing height at last?

The quixotic Irish carrier is handling a humiliating problem badly. But it is also the largest airline in Europe, and has the resources available to put things right<p>Ryanair passengers unhappy with the Irish airline’s no-frills service can usually expect little sympathy, and sometimes public scorn, …

Abolition of tribunal fees: Next steps for employers

What does the Supreme Court decision declaring tribunal fees unlawful mean for employers on a practical level? Camille Renaudon, a...The post …

Human Resources

Addison Lee drivers are workers, tribunal rules

An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of Addison Lee drivers were workers and therefore entitled to rights such...The post Addison Lee …

Human Resources

Uber is not part of the gig economy, firm argues

<b>Uber is not part of the so-called "gig economy" and operates a similar business model to local taxi firms, an Employment Appeals Tribunal has heard.</b><p>The cab app firm, which is appealing against a ruling that its drivers are entitled to rights such as holiday pay, says its workers are …

Uber

The impact of Margaret Thatcher's Government on the workplace

<b>Consultant editor Darren Newman looks back at the employment law position in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and the legacy left by her</b> …

Christmas strikes: What you need to know about walk-outs across the UK

Argos delivery drivers have said they will strike for 72 hours in the run-up to Christmas - and made the announcment on the day when industrial …

JD Sports denies 'prison' conditions at warehouse

<b>JD Sports "absolutely refutes" claims made in a Channel 4 News report that conditions in its Rochdale warehouse are "worse than a prison".</b><p>The programme says an undercover investigation will detail "harsh practices", including a policy allowing workers to be sacked after three minor …

United Kingdom

British Airways crew vote for Heathrow strike

<b>About 2,000 British Airways cabin crew have voted overwhelmingly for strikes in a dispute over pay, the Unite union said.</b><p>The workers, who represent about 15% of the airline's cabin crew, were balloted about the plan to strike at Heathrow.<p>The vote comes after cabin crew rejected a 2% pay rise.<p>Strike …

United Kingdom

Southern strike: Drivers vote in favour of action

<b>Members of the train drivers' union Aslef have voted overwhelmingly to strike in a dispute over driver-only operated trains.</b><p>The union is accusing Southern railway of wanting to impose changes rather than reach an agreement.<p>The dispute is separate to a long-running row between Southern and the RMT …

London Underground

Post Office strike to disrupt Christmas mail, says union

<b>Managers at Crown Post Offices will hold a third strike on Saturday 3 December in a continuing dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures.</b><p>Unite said the 24-hour walkout would disrupt overseas Christmas mail and parcels on the peak day for such mail.<p>It will involve more than 700 managers.<p>They …

United Kingdom

Tube strike: London set for travel chaos after Underground staff vote for walk-out

Thousands of London Underground staff have voted to go on strike in the run up to Christmas as passengers face travel chaos.<p>The potential action …

Prison officers end protest after court order

<b>Prison officers have returned to work after a High Court injunction ordered them to end a 24-hour protest.</b><p>Up to 10,000 prison officers in England and Wales stopped work over claims of a "surge in violence" in jails.<p>Granting the injunction, Mr Justice Kerr said prison officers' action had created a …

Criminology

Government Loses Brexit Challenge

<b>Huge news this morning as the High Court ruled that the Government can’t trigger formal Brexit negotiations (‘Article 50’) without getting</b> …

European Union