Following a preliminary ruling by the advocate general of the European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) on 17 July 2014, the ECJ considered the case Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund (case C-354/13) in detail, and delivered a judgment on 18 December 2014. The case concerned a Danish child-minder who was made redundant, and alleged that this was due to his weight. The question arose as to whether obesity should be classed as a disability.
The government has introduced a tax exemption of up to £500 (per tax year, per employee) on medical treatments recommended to help employees return to work. This will be applicable to treatments recommended by health professionals at Fit for Work and health professionals within employer-arranged occupational health services.
Further to the government response to a call for evidence on whistleblowing on 25 June 2014, the government has decided to extend the definition of ‘worker’ to include student nurses and student midwives.
In Coventry University v Mian  EWCA Civ 1275, an employee (a senior lecturer) argued that her former employer (an HEI) had breached the duty of mutual trust and confidence by instigating disciplinary proceedings without adequate investigation, and caused her foreseeable psychiatric harm.
Governance: Consumer protection: draft advice for HE providers; New OIA framework
Employment: Fit for Work service; Limit on holiday pay claims; Advocate General’s opinion on ‘one establishment’ due; Disciplinary proceedings and inadequate investigation; Definition of ‘worker’ extended for student nurses
Tax: Tax exemption for medical treatments
FAQ: Employment: Is ‘obesity’ a disability?