Employment law cases

All items: Pensions

  • Age discrimination: Public-sector pension changes discriminated against younger judges and firefighters

    15 January 2019

    In Lord Chancellor and another v McCloud and others; Ministry of Justice v Mostyn and others; Secretary of State for the Home Department and others v Sargeant and others, the Court of Appeal held that the Government's view that "it felt right" to protect older workers with transitional provisions when making changes to pensions for judges and firefighters was insufficient to defend direct age discrimination claims.

  • Supreme Court rules on equal pension benefits for civil partners and same-sex spouses

    12 July 2017

    The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal's decision and held that civil partners and same-sex spouses are entitled to pension benefits accrued before the introduction of civil partnerships on 5 December 2005.

  • Case round-up

    1 July 2012

    Georgina Kyriacou and David Malamatenios are partners and Sandra Martins, Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.

  • No remedy for part-time female workers who chose not to join pension scheme previously closed to them

    16 November 2011

    The Court of Appeal has held that there could be no remedy for part-time female workers who were prevented from joining an occupational pension scheme during particular periods because they would not have chosen to join the pension scheme even if they had been eligible to do so. 

  • Case of the week: Unfair dismissal and pension loss

    16 October 2009

    This week's case of the week, provided by DLA Piper, covers unfair dismissal and pension loss.

  • ECJ ruling on sexual orientation law

    1 May 2008

    A recent decision of the European Court of Justice may result in the UK having to amend its sexual orientation laws in relation to pensions. Although the main points at issue in the case are already covered by legislation in the UK, the application of the Barber temporal restriction may have an impact on public sector schemes.

  • Bloxham v Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    8 November 2007

    In Bloxham v Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer [2007] ET/2205086/06, an employment tribunal has held that changes to a law firm's pension scheme that discriminated on the grounds of age were justified.

  • Equal pay: case law update

    2 March 2007

    This article looks at some of the significant judgments in the area of equal pay over the past year and their implications.

  • Agency worker is entitled to membership of pension scheme

    1 March 2004

    In Allonby v Accrington & Rossendale College and others, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that a lecturer employed through an agency could not claim equal pay with lecturers employed directly by the college, but she could claim entitlement to join the lecturers' statutory pension scheme even though it was open only to those with a contract of employment.

  • Martin and others v South Bank University

    1 January 2004

    In Martin and others v South Bank University [2004] IRLR 74 ECJ, the European Court of Justice held that early retirement benefits should be paid for by a new employer after a transfer of undertakings.

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Employment law cases: HR and legal information and guidance relating to pensions.