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Use of surveillance film unfair dismissal

Video evidence showed an employee signed off sick with a back injury clearing ice from his car, driving, carrying shopping and walking his dog. Using it to dismiss him proved a £50,000 mistake. Caterpillar Logistics Services had relied on the… Read on

Getting a business ready for sale: Unfair dismissal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that it will be unlawful to dismiss an employee simply to make a business more attractive for a purchaser, even when no purchaser has been identified. In this case, Spaceright Europe Ltd had dismissed… Read on

Belief in BBC protected discrimination

An Employment Tribunal has decided that an ex-BBC employee’s belief in the higher purpose of public service broadcasting (in promoting cultural interchange and social cohesion amongst other things) amounted to a philosophical belief, and deserved the protection of the Religion… Read on

April 2011: whats new?

Employment laws generally change at the beginning of October and April each year. Here is a summary of the radical changes for April 2011. Default retirement age The default retirement age of 65 will be abolished. Discrimination Positive discrimination provisions… Read on

Arbitration clause cannot stop Tribunal

Law firm Clyde and Co has recently been in the High Court to try to stop an ex-partner from bringing a claim of sex discrimination / pregnancy discrimination because she had agreed to an arbitration clause in her partnership agreement.… Read on

Equal pay time limits: 6m up to 6yrs

The High Court has held that, if an employee acted reasonably in failing to bring their equal pay claim in an Employment Tribunal within the strict 6 month time limit, they can potentially do so before a normal Civil Court,… Read on

Judith Rhule joins Springhouse

Judith joins us from Bristol firm, Veale Wasbrough Vizards, with over 12 years experience as a solicitor. Judith specialises in employment law and in particular dismissal cases, TUPE, redundancy, whistle blowing and discrimination cases. She advises individuals, local authorities and… Read on

When is a final warning invalid?

A Court has held that an employer may not be able to rely on a live final warning to dismiss an employee, even though the employee did not appeal against the warning at the time. The case of Davies v Read on

Personal email dismissal fair

Employees sending chain e-mails outside work should beware. A recent Tribunal decision means their employment may be jeopardised as a result. In a non-binding decision, an Employment Tribunal has held that an employer was right to dismiss their employee for… Read on

Pre-Pack administrations: TUPE applies

The Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that employees will transfer under TUPE in pre-pack administrations. This had been called into question not so long ago by the same court (Oakland v Wellswood (Yorkshire) Ltd). In pre-pack administrations, the asset… Read on