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European human rights laws are enshrined in the UK via the Human Rights Act 1998, which implements the European Convention on Human Rights.
Human rights principles of particular importance for employers include the right to: a fair and public hearing; peaceful enjoyment of possessions; freedom of assembly and association; prohibition of slavery and forced labour; freedom of expression; respect for private and family life; and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Human rights have been especially relevant to employment cases involving disciplinary hearings (particularly the right to be accompanied); trade union activities; religious discrimination; and monitoring of employees.
11 Dec 2019
We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...
22 Nov 2019
Only 18 of 71 global hotel firms operating in the UK have met the minimum requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
12 Nov 2019
How can employers prevent employees from electioneering at work? Should the workforce be banned from highlighting their political allegiances in...
1 Nov 2019
Legal challenge on child labour used on farms in Malawi hangs over British American Tobacco.
18 Oct 2019
The issue of what happens to workers’ rights has become a central plank in the Brexit debate as MPs prepare...
17 Oct 2019
The European Court of Human Rights has overturned a previous judgment it made in the case of López Ribalda and...
10 Oct 2019
Poor pay, exploitative working conditions and human rights abuses are commonplace in the supply chains for major supermarkets
15 Aug 2019
The case involving a Northern Irish bakery that refused to make a cake with a message supporting gay marriage will...
12 Jul 2019
Dr David Mackereth, the Christian doctor who claims he was dismissed for refusing to use transgender pronouns, chose to leave...
14 May 2019
A nurse in Kent dismissed for “preaching” to patients has lost a second appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that...
20 Feb 2019
Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What...
30 Jan 2019
The Supreme Court has rejected a government appeal against a human rights ruling won by a group of people who...
15 Nov 2018
Apple plans to help human trafficking victims get jobs at its stores, after partnering with NGO the International Organization for...
18 Oct 2018
It is the case which has captivated the nation almost as much as the Great British Bake-Off. Tom Long looks...