Emergency time off and contacting your employer

In the case of Ellis v Ratcliff Palfinger Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that it was fair to dismiss an employee who had taken emergency time off but who had not properly notified his employer as soon as he… Read on

What does “without prejudice” mean?

Discussions between an employer and an employee are “without prejudice” where the discussion is with a view to settling an existing claim. This means that, where there is an Employment Tribunal claim, or a dispute that might lead… Read on

Holding an employee to their notice period

Could an employer hold an employee to the notice period in their contract when they resigned early, in breach of their notice period? Yes, according to the High Court in Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rogers. This meant that the employee… Read on

Facebook comments: fair dismissal

A recent Facebook dismissal case heard by a Tribunal in Northern Ireland, has made some interesting findings which add to the developing law in this area. An employee of TeleTech UK Limited posted a vulgar comment concerning a colleague on… 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

Use of surveillance film unfair dismissal

Video evidence showed an employee signed off sick with a back injury clearing ice from his car, driving, carrying shopping and walking his dog. Using it to dismiss him proved a £50,000 mistake. Caterpillar Logistics Services had relied on the… Read on

When is a final warning invalid?

A Court has held that an employer may not be able to rely on a live final warning to dismiss an employee, even though the employee did not appeal against the warning at the time. The case of Davies v Read on