Dismissing a whistle blower fairly

Was it fair to dismiss a whistle blowing employee, a police officer, who was making disclosures regarding his colleagues’ treatment of victims? Yes, where the employee’s behaviour in raising the disclosures – rather than the disclosures themselves – was the… Read on

Employment tribunals down 79%

Recent data shows a dramatic decline in the number of Employment Tribunal claims over October to December 2013. This is undoubtedly due to the introduction of fees which now need to be paid by claimants for bringing claims and having… Read on

Secret recording- admissible evidence?

Was an employee allowed to use a secret recording made, while she was not present, of the deliberations of her employer at a disciplinary hearing? Yes it was, according to Punjab National Bank v Gosain. Background Ms Gosain secretly recorded… Read on

Tribunal awards to increase

The following compensation limits will increase on 6 April 2014: Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal: £76,574 (was £74,200), or 1 year’s gross salary, whichever is less Maximum limit on a week’s pay: £464 (was £450) Maximum basic award: £5,676… Read on

TUPE: another reason to avoid harmonisation of terms

Could two employees whose benefits were reduced after a business transfer force the employer to give them their old terms back? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in Hazel v. The Manchester College. Background The College cut the wages of… Read on

Forcing early retirement unlawful

Was the police force allowed to retire a large number of its officers early to save costs? No, according to an Employment Tribunal in the recent case of Harrod v Midlands Police. Background In order to meet the government’s budget… Read on

Financial penalties for employers who get it wrong

The Government has announced that it intends to implement a provision in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act allowing tribunals to impose a financial penalty on employers who breach employment rights. At present, most tribunal awards are based on the… Read on

Unfair dismissal claims reduced cap on compensation

New reduced cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal to the lower of £72,400 or 52 weeks pay is imminent. 29th July 2013 is the date we believe important changes in the rules of compensation for unfair dismissal will… Read on

New ACAS code of practice on settlement agreements

ACAS is currently consulting on a new Code of Practice designed to give guidance on discussions around the possible termination of an employee’s employment. There are a wide variety of situations where an employer (or an employee) might suggest that… 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