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Length:
30 minutes of audio
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In this employment law podcast Michael Newman and Lara Kennedy from Leigh Day & Co give their perspective on the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Birmingham City Council v Abdulla and Ors [2012] UKSC 47 concerning the application to strike out the equal pay claims of 174 former employees of Birmingham City Council on the basis that they should have been heard at an Employment Tribunal rather than the High Court. They explain the factual and legal background to the claims and what this decision will mean for employers, employees and the practitioners advising them in the future.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the historic and legislative background to equal pay rights;
  • Be familiar with the “equality clause” and understand how it operates;
  • Be aware of the different limitation periods between equal pay actions in the ordinary courts and those in the employment tribunal;
  • Understand how the issue of forum is determined;
  • Know what factors were in issue in the case of Birmingham CC v Abdulla [2012] UKSC 47 and how the Supreme Court responded;
  • Have considered the practical implications of the Abdulla case and what it will mean for the way in which people choose to run equal pay claims in the future.
Level:
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Classification:
Case Update
Legal Principles
Market Update / Hot Topic
Panel Discussion
Sources and References:
  • Article 1 of Directive No 75/117;
  • Birmingham CC v Abdulla [2011] EWCA Civ 1412;
  • Birmingham CC v Abdulla [2012] UKSC 47;
  • Equal Pay Act 1970;
  • Equality Act 2010;
  • Pensions Act 1995.
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In this podcast Michael Newman and Lara Kennedy from Leigh Day & Co discuss the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Birmingham City Council v Abdulla to allow equal pay claims to be brought in the civil courts.

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Date Recorded: 26th November 2012

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