Poor attitude constitutes gross misconduct

We report on a further case sanctioning the dismissal of an employee for poor conduct. Background In April 2017, a judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Read on

Tribunal awards £2 compensation

A Tribunal has recently awarded just £2 in compensation for an employer’s breach of the employee’s right to be accompanied to a disciplinary hearing. We explain how nominal damages of this kind can come about. Background In this case (Gnahoua… Read on

Social media: 5 key employment law tips

Can your business protect itself against comments made on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube? Can you keep an employee’s LinkedIn contacts? Here are the top 5 rules you may not know: 1. Using social media to select during recruitment may give… Read on

easyJet settles bacon baguette case

We report on a case that has met with much consternation amongst the HR community. But how did it come to this? Background The Claimant in this case, Shannon Gleeson, a flight attendant, was given 2 sandwiches (a croquet-monsieur and… Read on

Whistle blowing: no knowledge of disclosures

In this case, the Royal Mail’s decision maker in a performance-related dismissal was not aware that the performance issues had really been retaliation for a whistleblowing complaint. The dismissal was perfectly justified from the decision maker’s point of view, however.… 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

Duty to adjust sickness policy?

The Court of Appeal has recently considered whether sickness absence policies that apply equally to disabled and non-disabled employees can be capable of putting disabled employees at a disadvantage. If not, then no reasonable adjustments would be required. Background This… 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