Thinking Anglicans

Methodist Church to appeal employment ruling

Remember this? Methodist minister ruled employee not office holder.

This week, it was announced that Methodist Church granted leave to appeal employment ruling.

The Methodist Church has been granted leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the judgement of an Employment Appeal Tribunal that Methodist ministers should be counted as employees and cases concerning them heard by Employment Tribunals. Methodist ministers have always been treated by the Church as office holders rather than employees.

Leave to appeal has been granted by the Court on the grounds that the appeal “has a real prospect of success on the basis of the submissions in the skeleton argument dated 14 April 2011. The state of the authorities on the key question of whether a minister of religion is not an employee is unclear and requires further consideration by the court following the case of Percy.”

This case may have significance for British churches other than the Methodists.

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