EAT increases scope of claims made by overseas workers, People Management Online

The House of Lords' decision in Lawson v Serco (2006 ICR 250 HL) established that an employee working outside Great Britain will generally be barred from bringing an unfair dismissal claim under UK law. But a recent EAT decision, Bleuse v. MBT Transport, questions whether this principle can be applied to other statutory employment rights.

As a result of the case, employers should be aware that employees working within Europe will potentially have UK statutory rights if these rights derive from European law. As all discrimination rights derive from EU law, this could potentially be important.

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