Unfair Dismissal

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CVs: the whole truth?

At the start of July, in just one of the ever stranger twists and turns taken by the UK’s main political parties this summer, Andrea Leadsom was caught in a storm of questions about the true nature of her 25-year track record...more

Does the ACAS Code Apply to SOSR Dismissals?

In Phoenix House Ltd v Stockman UKEAT/0264/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (Code) applies to dismissals for “some other...more

UK Employment Law Round Up - August 2016 | Volume 1 - Issue 8

In this month's issue we consider the case of Dronsfield v. University of Reading, in particular the EAT's observations in that case about how disciplinary investigations should be conducted and the role of HR in finalising...more

Sentences in H1 2016

Transfer of former contractors´ employees to new subcontractor under the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Exemption of liability of new subcontractor on the salary debts of the previous contractor (Judgement of the...more

Recent case law on the scope of the ACAS Code

The scope of the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the Code) has been narrowed following two recent claims concerning ill health and some other substantial reason (SOSR) dismissals. If the Code...more

Protected conversations and admissibility as evidence

It is commonplace for employers to enter into settlement negotiations with their employees prior to termination of their employment. Where there is a genuine dispute at the heart of the negotiations, it is well established...more

German Employee's Dismissal at U.S. Regulator's Behest Ruled Invalid

On July 13, 2016, the Frankfurt Higher Labor Court held the dismissal of an employee in response to demands by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) was invalid. (Frankfurt Labor Court, 18 Sa 1498/15)....more

No Cause? No Dismissal: SCC Confirms Federally Regulated Employees Entitled to Enhanced Protection

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has finally settled the highly contested question of whether federally regulated non-unionized employees can be dismissed without cause. In Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (Wilson),...more

Reinstatement Following Dismissal

In McBride v Scottish Police Authority [2016] UKSC 27, the Supreme Court considered whether an Employment Tribunal had been wrong to order the reinstatement of an employee on restricted duties. The Employment Tribunal...more

Up We Go Again – Financial Threshold Increases Effective 1 July 2016

Employers should be alert to the threshold changes which come into effect on Friday 1 July 2016 when the 2016/17 financial year commences in Australia. Below we provide a summary of the changes and what they mean in...more

Brexit: The Consequences for UK Employment Law

On 23 June 2016 the people of Britain voted in favour of leaving the European Union – the so-called "Brexit." The result has created uncertainty and speculation as to the implications of Brexit and what happens next. As...more

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

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