Category Archives: EU law

The UK never had an opt-out from the Working Time Directive

We really didn’t. It seems that David Cameron is going to insist on reclaiming the UK’s opt out from employment law as part of his renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s membership. It’s not clear whether the claims are genuine or … Continue reading

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Why holiday pay has to include overtime

What has struck me most about some of the commentary on the EAT decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton (and other cases) on overtime and holiday pay has been the way in which it is assumed that the exclusion … Continue reading

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If it weren’t for the EU…

What would UK employment law look like if Britain had not joined the EU? The question occurred to me when I saw a Tweet from Hugo Rifkind during last night’s ‘in or out’ debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg. Here’s … Continue reading

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The Myth of Gold-Plating

Gold-plating is such a clever term – I wish I’d thought of it. In the employment law context it refers to over-implementing EU rules so that the UK law is more burdensome than it needs to be. When a set … Continue reading

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Guilty until proven innocent?

Today’s outrage against objectivity and rational analysis is brought to you courtesy of the founder and Director of Civitas, an independent ‘think tank’. David G Green has written an article in the Telegraph giving a pithy critique of the Equality … Continue reading

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Another red-tape scare story from the Telegraph

Today we have another ‘mad rules imposed by Brussels’ story that the Telegraph loves so much . Take a look at this article with the headline ‘New EU employment ruling could stifle British business’ Our old friend Louisa Peacock informs us … Continue reading

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