Welcome to another edition of the latest trends and cases splattered across the employment law landscape. The first employment tribunal case is in respect of employee actions to the Covid pandemic are now starting to hit the courts. The case of the man who refused to return to work as it endangered his vulnerable father and was subsequently dismissed won his case for unfair dismissal.(1) We have an article which looks at the public interest test in ‘whistleblowing’ complaints during the COVID restrictions.(2) A recent EAT decision decided that, ‘childcare disparity’ had not been considered in a previous Employment Tribunal decision.(3) Two recent tribunal decisions have addressed whether dismissals for raising Health & Safety concerns through COVID were unfair.(4) Morton Fraser have a round-up of other related cases.(5)
We have an article which looks at what has been described as ‘the toxic culture of fear, bullying and lies’ at Brewdog Brewery.(6) We look at a recent tribunal decision where an individuals ‘gender critical’ belief was considered to be a philosophical belief in its own right.(7) ACAS has published its report on ‘fire-and-re-hire’ practices within the UK.(8) The TUC calls for an extension to flexible working.(9) Then there’s the issue of mandatory vaccinations for aged care workers.(10) We have an update on the ongoing saga of Deliveroo workers.(11)
Another article by TUC calls for the government not to wash his hands of its health and safety responsibilities in respect of Covid-19.(12) There’s an article calling for PMS leave in the UK.(13) Finally we look at the Court of Appeals decision to postpone a key hearing on holidays and the Working Time Directive.(14)
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