In-house news vlog – February 2015

In-house news vlog – February 2015

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Is obesity a disability?

In a recent landmark European ruling, it has been held that obesity in some instances will be considered a disability and therefore subject to disability discrimination law. This case has significant ramifications for employers. If obesity may be considered a disability then employers in some circumstances will need to make appropriate adjustments for such staff.

Sarah Rushton, an employment partner at Moon Beever considers the decision in news analysis: CJEU clear that obesity can be a disability.

Employment holiday pay saga

In November last year, employers were requested to include regular overtime in holiday pay calculations; concern has mounted about the risk to employers facing significant back-dated claims.  To restore business confidence the Government announced in December that it would make changes to the Employment Rights Act to limit backdated claims to a maximum of two years. For background on the ruling, see news analysis:

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About the author:
Helen Hart studied in Cardiff and Germany and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after a training contract at Allen & Overy in London and Frankfurt. She spent over six years working in-house at Centrica plc and Palm Europe Limited focusing mainly on consumer, advertising and data protection law before returning to private practice at Stevens & Bolton where she was an associate in the corporate and commercial team. She worked for a legal publisher between 2008 and 2012 and has also worked in local government library services. Her main areas of expertise are general commercial law, advertising law and consumer law.