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Employment Law Update – May 2015

Martin Malone delivers his monthly Employment Law update for May, covering legal developments and interesting cases that made the news.

Updated every month, our CLB Employment website hosts a wide range of interesting and insightful articles looking at the law and how it affects employers and employees. The CLB Employment blog is written by Martin Malone, one of the Partners here at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors and the Head of our Employment Law department.


May’s Employment Law update begins with a look at appraisals. Martin offers his thoughts on a recent decision by the BBC to replace their staff appraisals in favour of so-called performance development reviews. Their reasoning - the current arrangements “risk making staff members feel that their performance is being appraised”.


The case of Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd. and others has received widespread media coverage recently. In this case, a County Court in Northern Ireland had the unenviable task of deciding whether the rights of a gay man who wanted a cake decorated with a pro-gay message should take precedence over the objections of a bakery which objected on religious grounds. Always keen to examine issues of discrimination and protection from discrimination, Martin explores the implications this particular case has for employers.


Also in this month’s blog, Martin explores the overlap between ecclesiastical law and employment law, providing a summary of some recent cases involving members of the clergy in an attempt to answer the question “Who does a vicar work for?”


Follow the links below to read these articles, along with others from the May update over on the CLB Employment blog.


What is to be done about appraisals?


Priority of discrimination protection – religion, sexual orientation and political belief


Is it possible for an unfair dismissal claim to be accepted after six years?


Is a settlement payment taxable?


Who does a vicar work for?

By Martin Malone