Unfair Dismissal

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EAT Decision Sheds New Light on Scope of ACAS Code on Ill Health Dismissals

In the recent case of Holmes v Qinetiq Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) considered for the first time whether the power to increase or decrease an award of compensation for a failure to comply with the ACAS Code of...more

Quirky Question #282: A Briefing on the Brexit

Question: How will the UK’s “Brexit” vote on withdrawing from the EU affect the way we employ people in our UK subsidiary? Answer: A vote to “Leave” is unlikely to bring significant change to UK employment law in the...more

“Can I have my job back?” – reinstatement and re-engagement in the employment tribunal

In circumstances where an employment tribunal upholds an unfair dismissal claim, it is open to the tribunal to make an order for reinstatement or re-engagement. Reinstatement requires the employer to treat the employee...more

Fair Dismissal Where No Proof of Right to Work in U.K.

In Nayak v Royal Mail Group Ltd UKEATS/0011/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the dismissal of an employee who had failed to provide evidence of his right to work in the U.K. was fair. Mr Nayek...more

Release From Work Granted As From The Invitation To The Preliminary Meeting: Importance Of Wording! / Dispense Accordée Dès La...

The release from the obligation to work is only legally foreseen once the dismissal has been notified. Within the framework of a dismissal with notice, an employer may, for confidentiality reasons, want to release an...more

Dismissal for "Pulling a Sickie" Was Fair

In Metroline West Ltd v Ajaj UKEAT/0185/15/RN, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the fairness of a dismissal of an employee who had exaggerated his sickness. Mr Ajaj was employed as a bus driver for...more

New Tribunal Compensation Limits 2016

The annual increases in compensation will take effect on 6 April 2016. The most notable changes are as follows: - The limit on a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating statutory redundancy payments and the basic...more

Increase in UK Employment Compensation Limits

The maximum compensation that the Employment Tribunal can award for “ordinary” unfair dismissal claims will increase from 6 April 2016, as will the weekly wage figure for calculating an employee's entitlement to a statutory...more

Dismissal for Sharing Confidential Information Was Unfair

In Stimpson v Citibank N.A. ET/3200437/15, Mr Stimpson brought claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal after being dismissed without notice by Citibank N.A. (Citi) for an alleged breach of Citi’s policies on confidential...more

Injury to feelings compensation: taxable or excepted?

Moorthy v. HMRC [2010] UKUT 13 (TCC) - In the long-running case of Moorthy, the Upper Tribunal has held that an injury to feelings compensation payment made in connection with a termination of employment was taxable as a...more

UK Employment Law Briefing: Our Practical Guide To The Employment Law Developments Most Likely To Impact On Your Business

Disciplinary Procedures - There have been a number of recent decisions, all with a practical impact on the conduct of disciplinary procedures. Right to be accompanied - In Stevens –v- University of Birmingham,...more

Transfer to Multiple New Employers Can Amount to TUPE Transfer

In Hyde Housing Association Ltd and another v Layton UKEAT/0124/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a transfer to multiple new employers could amount to a TUPE transfer. Mr Layton was employed as...more

School Boards Beware: Appellate Court Applies High Bar for School Board Ignoring Hearing Officer’s Findings of Fact

The Illinois Appellate Court (Fifth District) recently reversed a school board’s decision to dismiss a tenured teacher for failure to comply with a notice to remedy. This case confirms that while school boards have...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: UK

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Where there is a business transfer or a service provision change (outsourcing or insourcing or a change of provider) which is within the scope...more

Consistency of Treatment Following Office Party Brawl

In MBNA Limited v Jones UKEAT/0120/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the inconsistent treatment of two employees arising from the same incident rendered the dismissal of one of them unfair....more

Why Redundancy is Not a Safe Remedy for Poor Performance

Sometimes managers can appear to think that dismissals for redundancy or poor performance are interchangeable. But the procedures which need to be followed in the UK in either case, to avoid an employee being able to bring a...more

How to Deal with Grievances During Disciplinary Procedures

Could UK Employers Risk an Unfair Dismissal Claim if They Do Not Pause the Process? One issue which can trouble HR professionals is how to deal with a grievance lodged by an employee during the course of a disciplinary...more

Supreme Court of Puerto Rico Reaffirms that Violence in the Workplace Justifies First Offense Termination

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico recently reaffirmed its previous position that an act of aggression by an employee towards a coworker is sufficient to establish just cause for termination under...more

HR Influence in Disciplinary Proceedings Can Render Dismissals Unfair

In Ramphal v Department for Transport (EAT – 2015), the EAT has provided guidance on the appropriate level of HR involvement in disciplinary proceedings. The case concerns an employee who was dismissed for gross...more

The “Law Macron” Has Taken Effect: Much Ado About Nothing?

This LawFlash focuses on dismissals and mass redundancies. After months of tense discussions in the French Parliament, the law for the Growth, the Activity and the Equality of Economic Opportunities (Law Macron), which...more

Old Facebook Comments Justified Dismissal

In British Waterways Board v Smith UKEATS/0004/15/SM, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) examined whether an employer acted lawfully when dismissing an employee for gross misconduct due to remarks he had made on Facebook...more

Proposals to Simplify the Tax Treatments of Termination Payments

Broadly speaking, the position is currently that the first £30,000 of any non-contractual termination payment can be paid free of deductions for tax and national insurance (NI), and that most other payments are subject to tax...more

Just how wide is the band of reasonable responses for misconduct dismissals?

In Newbound v Thames Water Utilities Ltd, the Court of Appeal has restored an Employment Tribunal’s decision that the Claimant was unfairly dismissed for a breach of his employer’s health and safety procedures....more

No UK Employment Rights for Internationally Mobile Employee

In Olsen v Gearbulk Services Ltd UKEAT/0345/14/RN, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an internationally mobile employee could bring a claim for unfair dismissal under UK law on the basis that he spent...more

The NLRB Expands Employee Protections Yet Again: Will There Be Anything Left Not Considered Protected Concerted Activity?

Continuing a trend we’ve reported on in previous blog posts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently handed down yet another decision expanding the protections afforded to employees under the National Labor...more

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