In this edition of Workplace Law we discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding equal pay for retail employees and distribution employees; updated government guidance for those deemed clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 and changes to Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) regarding health and safety rights.
Asda equal pay case - Supreme Court – valid comparators test
A recent decision by the Supreme Court in Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley now means that retail employees can be compared to distribution employees in equal pay claims made under the Equal Pay Act 1970 and Equality Act 2010 (EA 2010).
New guidance from Government on clinically vulnerable – COVID-19
On 17 March 2021, the Government released new guidance for people in the category of clinically extremely vulnerable. It was announced that from 1 April 2021 they would no longer be advised to shield and could begin to reintegrate themselves back into society, both socially and economically.
Workers to get same rights as employees to protection from detriment for health and safety right assertions
On the 1 March 2021, the government laid an order before Parliament to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) and level the playing field between the protection offered to “employees” and “workers” in the workplace.