Employment Law

Newly qualified teacher scheme unlawful

   Newly qualified teacher scheme lawful


The Department of Education’s ‘Investing in the Teaching Workforce’ programme will go ahead as planned after a legal challenge was rejected at the High Court. 

The programme aimed to allow up to 120 teachers over the age of 55 to retire early in 2016/17.  They would be replaced by newly qualified teachers who had graduated since 2012.

Employment Law, Local Developments

Employers are entitled to ban the Islamic headscarf in the workplace

Case C-157/15 and Case C – 188/15

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that employers are entitled to ban religious symbols in the workplace, including the Islamic headscarf.

Discrimination, Employment Law

Fifa legally challenged over treatment of migrant workers in Qatar

Fifa faces legal action in the Swiss Courts as a result of its vote in December 2010 to hold the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, due to the plight of migrant workers. 

Employment Law, Other Public Interest Cases

Employment Tribunal can restrict reporting of a case in interests of human rights after claim is withdrawn

CA, RA, RB and RC v News Group Newspapers Ltd (Appeal No. UKEAT/0075/16/RN
An employment tribunal can make a restricted reporting order (RRO) which prevents or restricts disclosure to the public of any aspect of proceedings, where necessary to protect rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).  An employment tribunal must give full weight to the principle of open justice and to the right of freedom of expression.

Employment Law

Former prisoner successfully challenges Access NI checks

In our April Update, we reported that the High Court was hearing a judicial review brought by a former prisoner who was declared unsuitable for his job as a groundskeeper.  The High Court has held that it was unlawful to discontinue his employment.

Employment Law

Employers can monitor private internet usage in workplace

Ărbulescu v. Romania (Application no. 61496/08) ECtHR

On 12th January the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that companies have the right to monitor their employees’ online private messages. 

The ECtHR made the ruling in a case involving a Romanian engineer whose employment was terminated for using a professional Yahoo Messanger account to send personal emails to his fiancée and brother. 

Employment Law

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