Quick legal round up

The Government has revealed the new maximum employment tribunal awards to take effect from 6 April 2018, and the Supreme Court hears Pimlico Plumbers’ latest appeal in its long-running employment status case.

Unfair dismissal compensation to increase

The Government has confirmed that the maximum compensation award in unfair dismissal claims will increase to £83,682 (or a year’s pay, whichever is lower) from 6 April 2018.

Employers “decades behind” law on pregnancy in the workplace

A third of employers believe it is acceptable to ask a female interviewee in a job interview about her plans for having a family, research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found. EHRC’s new campaign, “Working Forward”, aims to educate employers on basic discrimination laws in order to combat what CEO Rebecca Hilsenrath called “depressing” findings.

Case law

On referral from the Belgian courts, the European Court of Justice has found that time spent by a worker on-call at home was to be regarded as working time for the purpose of the Working Time Directive. The key element was the restriction placed on the worker by the employer, and not his location.

The Supreme Court heard Pimlico Plumber’s latest appeal to the finding that one of its plumbers was a worker, and not self-employed as he had been held out to be. Charlie Mullins, owner of Pimlico Plumbers, has called for ‘clarity’ from the Supreme Court.

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