Wrong tone in employer’s letter leads to unfair dismissal

Could an invitation to a capability meeting, which was mistakenly referred to as a disciplinary hearing, give rise to unfair dismissal and discrimination? Yes it can mean unfair dismissal, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in CRI-v-Lawrence. In itself, it… Read on

Secret recording- admissible evidence?

Was an employee allowed to use a secret recording made, while she was not present, of the deliberations of her employer at a disciplinary hearing? Yes it was, according to Punjab National Bank v Gosain. Background Ms Gosain secretly recorded… Read on

Tribunal awards to increase

The following compensation limits will increase on 6 April 2014: Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal: £76,574 (was £74,200), or 1 year’s gross salary, whichever is less Maximum limit on a week’s pay: £464 (was £450) Maximum basic award: £5,676… Read on

TUPE: another reason to avoid harmonisation of terms

Could two employees whose benefits were reduced after a business transfer force the employer to give them their old terms back? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in Hazel v. The Manchester College. Background The College cut the wages of… Read on

Financial penalties for employers who get it wrong

The Government has announced that it intends to implement a provision in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act allowing tribunals to impose a financial penalty on employers who breach employment rights. At present, most tribunal awards are based on the… Read on

Major changes to Employment Tribunals

Employment Tribunals have offered a free service to Claimants since they were introduced in the 1970s. However that all changed on the 29th July 2013 when fees were introduced for anyone starting a claim in the tribunal. A fee is… Read on

Unfair dismissal claims reduced cap on compensation

New reduced cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal to the lower of £72,400 or 52 weeks pay is imminent. 29th July 2013 is the date we believe important changes in the rules of compensation for unfair dismissal will… Read on