Three steps too far in the undervaluing of care: Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake – LJB Hayes

Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake [2018] EWCA Civ 1641 is a judgment to take your breath away. It follows an established pattern in which the UK higher courts misunderstand, misrepresent and undermine the value of care workers’ labour. […]

#YouToo: The Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Report of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee – Karon Monaghan

Towards the end of last year, the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) commenced an inquiry into sexual harassment of women and girls in public places. WEC’s report on this is expected in […]

A Missed Opportunity of a Unified test for Employment Status – Hugh Collins

Over the summer the government is contemplating what it should do about the thorniest issue in employment law: employment status. The concept of ‘employment status’ refers to the type of contractual arrangement that a worker […]

Foster parents and fundamental labour rights – Alan Bogg

The work of parenting is a labour of love. There is no work that is harder and there is no work that is more rewarding. How many parents have reflected upon this at 3 a.m., […]

Pimlico Plumbers: Cutting the Gordian Knot of Substitution Clauses? Michael Ford

It has become an orthodoxy in employment law that an employment contract requires personal service, which a valid substitution clause can defeat. The same approach has been read across to ‘worker’ status, where the various […]

‘I Lost my Job Over a Facebook Post: Was that Fair?’ Virginia Mantouvalou

Social media posts are often spontaneous and thoughtless, but many people are dismissed because of what they post on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. A woman employed by a US government contractor lost […]