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

What is redundancy?

Redundancy is a situation where an employee either loses their job because there is less work available, or they are dismissed for a reason not related to them, depending on the rights that are being claimed. In a redundancy situation… Read on

What is summary dismissal?

Summary dismissal is the termination of an employment contract by the employer without giving notice. There needs to be gross misconduct or other fundamental breach of contract on the part of the employee for the employer to be able to… Read on

Constructive dismissal – an essential guide

Constructive dismissal is one of the most frequent and important topics for legal advice at Springhouse. It is, however, commonly misunderstood. An employee needs to have resigned in order to bring a constructive dismissal claim, and this is naturally a… Read on

Final written warning could not be relied on

In this case, brought against the BBC, the Claimant successfully argued that his dismissal had been unfair because the final written warning relied on was “manifestly inappropriate”. This case gives rise to interesting questions about how and when written warnings… Read on

Top tips for references

Our clients are often asking us what their obligations are when it comes to providing references for ex-employees, and here are our top tips. When providing references, employers owe various legal duties both to the new employer and to the… 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