Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas

K&L Gates LLP

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Case Alert: Covert recordings of private discussions at disciplinary and grievance hearings could be admissible evidence

What happened? In Punjab National Bank (International) Ltd and others v Gosain, the EAT decided that covert recordings made by an employee of public and private discussions at her disciplinary and grievance hearings...more

3/20/2014 - Audio Recording Banks Surveillance UK

Case Alert: Victimisation by a former employer is unlawful

What happened? An employee who claims discrimination is protected against victimisation by the employer, which means that the employee has the right not to be treated less favourably by the employer because of the fact...more

3/10/2014 - Discrimination Employee Rights UK

Case Alert: Employer not liable for customer assault

In Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, the Court of Appeal decided that the employer was not vicariously liable for an employee’s assault on a customer. The fact that the employee was given exposure to customers as part...more

2/28/2014 - Assault Employer Liability Issues Vicarious Liability

Case Alert: Highlighting the dangers of driving in snow can make you a whistleblower

In Norbrook Laboratories (GB) Ltd v Shaw, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided that three emails from a manager raising concerns about the dangers of driving in snow amounted to a ‘qualifying disclosure’, thereby...more

2/6/2014 - Training Whistleblowers

Case Alert: employer should make own decision on whether an employee is “disabled"

What happened? In Gallop v Newport City Council, the Court of Appeal decided that the employer should not have relied on an occupational health advisor’s unsupported statement that an employee was not disabled for the...more

1/29/2014 - Disability Discrimination Equality Act UK

Case alert: impact of social media on enforcement of restrictive covenants

What happened? In East England Schools CIC (trading as 4myschools) v Palmer, 4myschools, an education recruitment company, claimed that one of its former employees had breached her restrictive covenants by soliciting...more

1/22/2014 - Enforcement Restrictive Covenants Social Media

Top Tips for Successful Recruitment

Recent surveys have shown that companies of all sizes are optimistic about their ability to expand and create jobs in 2014. With business confidence said to be at its highest since 1994, now is a good time for employers to...more

1/9/2014 - Compliance Data Protection Disability Disability Discrimination Employment Contract Offer Letters UK UK Data Protection Act

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