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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

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are personal characteristics which are protected by discrimination law. The following characteristics are protected: Sex Race Disability Age Religion or belief Sexual orientation Transgender status To find out more about how these protected characteristics can give rise to… Read on

What are flexible working requests?

A flexible working request is a request to alter working times or conditions. Requests can be made for any reason, but need to be made in the correct format by employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Once a… Read on

Stress did not amount to disability

We report on a case where the stress suffered by an employee due to his work situation and subsequent litigation was not sufficient to give rise to a disability. Background In this case the Claimant, Mr Herry, brought a wide-ranging… Read on

Final written warning could be relied on

Contrary to the case we have recently reported (Bandara v. BBC) we report on an EAT decision where the employer was allowed to rely on a final written warning, even though the Employment Tribunal held that the initial warning had… 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

What are zero hours contracts?

Zero hours contracts are contracts under which employees or workers agree to work only where the employer makes work available, but there is no certainty that any such work will be made available. Any provision in a zero hours contract… Read on

Study and training rights: what are they?

A legal right to request study or training is given to certain employees. The right only applies to businesses who employee 250 or more people. Furthermore, the training in question needs to relate both to the employee’s own effectiveness, and… Read on

What are Sunday working rights?

Sunday working rights are legal rights given to shop and betting workers. Workers in these industries cannot be forced to work on Sundays, as they are able to ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ of Sunday working. The rights are given to workers… Read on