Sickness whilst on holiday – the current position

One of the most confusing areas of employment law in recent years has concerned the impact of sickness absence on employees’ entitlement to statutory holiday and holiday pay. These issues have been examined at judicial levels from Employment Tribunals to… Read on

Dismissal for ill health: does ACAS Code apply?

The EAT has recently confirmed that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures does not apply where a dismissal has been purely for health reasons. Background The ACAS Code says that it applies to dismissals for conduct… 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

Supporting the Rugby World Cup? Employment Tips

Employers will not be able to avoid the fact that the biggest sporting event is now on – the Rugby World Cup. With England as its host, the opening match is taking place in Twickenham on 18th September 2015 and… Read on

Type 2 diabetes a disability?

People are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they are overweight or obese. In this case, the EAT had to decide whether the diabetes amounted to a disability. Background Mr Stout was employed by Metroline Travel Ltd… Read on

Managing Sickness Absence – A Springhouse Checklist

Dealing with sickness absence is a perennial problem for employers and employees alike, with unfair dismissal and discrimination rearing its head at every turn. Our checklist will put employers and employees on the right track for a successful outcome. Policies… 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

Gross misconduct and mental illness

In the case of Burdett v Aviva Employment Services Limited, the EAT considered the potentially thorny issue of dismissing an employee who was a paranoid schizophrenic. Background Mr Burdett was diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia – a disability within the… Read on