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

Re-engagement order disallowed

We report on a case where an order for re-engagement has been considered by the EAT. Background The Claimant in this case, Miss Lupton was employed by Lincolnshire County Council. She resigned when the council sought to change her working… Read on

Changing Staff Handbook Terms

Can an employer unilaterally change the terms of its contractual staff handbook? No, said the High Court in the case of Sparks and another v Department for Transport. Background Generally, a contract may only be amended in accordance with… Read on

Constructive dismissal – delay fatal to claim?

Was the employee’s argument that she was too ill to resign for 18 months successful? Or was she found to have affirmed her contract and therefore not able to bring her constructive dismissal claim? In the case of Colmar Mari… Read on

Obesity can constitute a disability

Mr Kaltoft is 1.72 metres tall and weighs over 100kg. This gives him a BMI of 54, which is classified as severe or extreme morbid obesity. We have recently reported about obesity and disability law. In the recent case of… Read on

Aerosols, perfume and reasonable adjustments

Is it possible to have a situation when no reasonable adjustments can be made for a disabled person? Yes, but only rarely, held the Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Dyer v. London Ambulance NHS Trust. Background Mrs Dyer,… Read on

Judgment on tribunal fees imminent

In July 2013, the Government introduced fees for claimants in the employment tribunals. Fees start from around £160 to issue a claim, with a further fee for a hearing starting at £230. The fee rises depending on the type of… Read on

Did employee’s contract breach exonerate employers of theirs?

Could an employee’s own breach stop them from claiming against the employer? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Atkinson v. Community Gateway Association. Background Mr Atkinson wanted to bring a claim of constructive dismissal… 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