Brexism – be aware

Since the Brexit vote to leave the EU, a political divide has arisen between two very deeply held beliefs amongst the British public. Much of the divide has become extremely emotional. Matters are likely to be compounded because on one… Read on

Dismissed for anger at disability disadvantage: discrimination?

Dismissed for anger at disability disadvantage: discrimination? Mr Risby, a paraplegic wheelchair user who was dismissed after losing his temper because he could not access a training venue, has won a claim for disability discrimination. We report on an important… Read on

When staff handbooks become contracts

The Court of Appeal has recently had to consider whether or not provisions in the Department for Transport’s staff handbook were in fact contractual. Background The terms in question related to the DFT’s absence management policy, and the number of… Read on

Supporting the Rugby World Cup? Employment Tips

Employers will not be able to avoid the fact that the biggest sporting event is now on – the Rugby World Cup. With England as its host, the opening match is taking place in Twickenham on 18th September 2015 and… Read on

Influence of HR on disciplinary outcome: unfair dismissal

We report on a significant decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Background This was a case of dismissal for gross misconduct, in which the claimant, Mr Ramphal had been accused of fabricating expenses, notably excessive petrol use and suspicious cups… Read on

Facebook remarks 2 years ago: fair dismissal

The EAT has held that it was fair of the British Waterways Board to dismiss their employee, Mr Smith, because of comments he had made on Facebook 2 years previously. This was even though the Waterways Board had known about… Read on

Coming to work smelling of alcohol: dismissal unfair

Mr McElroy, the Claimant in this case, was employed by an NHS Trust, and had direct responsibility for patients. The Employment Tribunal agreed that he did come to work smelling of alcohol, but that his subsequent dismissal for gross misconduct… Read on