Employment law reform: 3 key updates

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has announced further proposals to reform the employment tribunal system with the aim of helping businesses. The Government has already increased to two years the period for which employees must work before gaining unfair dismissal… Read on

Dismissal conversations to be kept from court

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has just confirmed that legislation will be introduced to enable employers to offer termination packages to employees without fear that this will be used against them in a tribunal claim. This would extend the current without… Read on

The Beecroft Report

On 21st May 2012, the controversial Beecroft Report was published by the UK Government. The report had been commissioned to explore whether any areas of employment law could be simplified in an effort to kick-start the economy and create jobs.… Read on

Effect of lying during disciplinary

In a recent decision a Claimant has had her unfair dismissal compensation payment reduced by 80% because she had lied during the internal disciplinary hearing that resulted in her dismissal. The Claimant had been asked to explain an email she… Read on

Not possible to retract a mistaken dismissal

In this recent case, the employer (CF Capital plc) had discussed with Miss Willoughby (their employee) the possibility of changing her employment to a self-employed role, to avoid redundancy. Miss Willoughby requested more information, but CF Capital thought she had… Read on

Is self-dismissal possible?

In January 2005, lorry driver Mr Zulhayir had a serious accident at work which left him unable to do his job. In June 2006, his employer, J J Food Services Limited, stopped receiving sick notes. They wrote to him saying… Read on

Residential to own-home care: TUPE does not apply

When Hillside House, a residential care home for vulnerable adults was closed, and residents re-housed into their own homes, 12 of Hillside’s former care workers brought Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and various salary related payments. The Employment Appeal… Read on

Facebook dismissal fair

An Employment Tribunal has recently backed JD Wetherspoons in dismissing an employee, Ms Preece, for posting negative Facebook comments about some customers. This was despite the customers having previously been abusive towards her. Ms Preece had also argued that she… Read on