Employment Law Newsletter

August 4, 2010

Welcome to Field Court Chambers Employment Law Newsletter.

The last few months have provided another swathe of interesting EAT and Court of Appeal decisions, the most informative of which are covered here. In this issue we cover important case law on the ambit of disability discrimination, including in respect of depression (J v DLA Piper) and perceived disabilities (Aitken v Metropolitan Police), as well as the extension of what may constitute a reasonable adjustment (South Yorkshire Police v Jelic). We also look at the question of whether an action can be brought outside of the ET jurisdiction where an employer fails to comply with contractually specified disciplinary procedures (Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital).

We cover useful Court of Appeal guidance on the definition of „contract worker‟ under discrimination legislation (Leeds CC v Woodhouse) and guidance on the Burchell test where the effect of a misconduct dismissal will be more serious than the mere loss of a job (Salford NHS Trust v Roldan). In June, we held a very successful seminar looking at the basics of unfair dismissal practice and procedure, and we hope you will put 5th October into your diaries to attend our next employment law seminar.

The Equality Act – changing the face of discrimination. With the election over and the coalition government now settled in, we all wait with bated breath to see whether the Equality Act 2010 will be implemented in full, or whether the new government will take a pair of sharpened scissors to its most controversial elements. Chambers‟ Employment Law Group will be providing an essential insight into the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on 5th October, four days after the intended implementation date.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter and, as always, welcome your feedback.