COVID-19 – Carrying over annual leave

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Carry-over of annual leave The Working Time Regulations have been amended to allow for carry-over of annual leave that has not been taken due to COVID-19. This rule only applies to the 4 weeks of statutory annual leave (or the worker’s pro-rata entitlement) that is derived from the EU Working Time Directive. It does not apply to the additional 1.6 … Read More

An Employment case review with a festive touch

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As we have now officially entered the holiday period, I thought it apt to base the case review this month on two holiday claims! Just to add to the overall festive feeling of this month, the first two cases we are looking at originate from the home of Christmas, Finland! TSN v Hyvinvointialan liitto ry (C 609/17) and another case … Read More

Poor treatment of disabled people in the workplace

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Two recent reports show how real the difficulties remain for disabled employees in the workplace. Citizens Advice has published research Working with a health condition or disability on the range of barriers facing disabled people at work. It shows that disabled people or those with a health condition are more than twice as likely to fall out of work in … Read More

Report calls for better whistle-blower protection in the UK

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UK whistleblowing law is inadequate and does not meet most international standards, according to a new report published by international NGO Blueprint for Free Speech and the Thomson Reuters Foundation ( The report identifies the UK’s protection as scoring only a 37% grading in comparison with other countries. In particular, it highlights a narrow and complex scope of protection for … Read More

Ban on Islamic Headscarves – Indirect or Direct Discrimination?

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This issue has come to light in the media recently, with conflicting decisions from two Advocate Generals causing some controversy. In Bougnaoui and another v Micropole SA (Case C-188/15) Advocate General Sharpston considered whether a French employer’s ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves by staff amounted to direct and/or indirect discrimination under the Equal Treatment Framework Directive (2000/78/EC). AG Sharpston’s opinion was in … Read More