Can I sue my employer for stress and anxiety?

Work-related stress and anxiety are caused, or made significantly worse, by a person’s work or working environment. The conditions are typically attributed to several factors, including time-related pressures, workload, general unhappiness, bullying and harassment. Every year, hundreds of thousands of… Read on

Equal pay claims hit the retail sector

It has been reported that Tesco is facing the UK’s largest ever equal pay claim with female staff chasing back pay of up to £4 billion. The latest legal challenge sees women store workers claiming parity with men who work… 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

Forced repayment of training costs lawful

Was it lawful for a company to force their employee to repay their training costs even though this effectively took them below the minimum wage? Yes it was, where the contract was clear about this, and the dismissal was the… Read on

Bonus payments discretionary

In the case of Brogden v Investec Bank, the High Court considered whether the amount of a bonus pool was discretionary, meaning that Investec was required to act in good faith in calculating it. The bankers in question had received… 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 or correspondence during negotiations which are “without prejudice” cannot subsequently be disclosed as evidence in a Court or Employment Tribunal by either party, unless both agree to waive confidentiality.  This is intended to encourage parties to settle… Read on

Damages for misleading email about ex-employee

The High Court has decided that an email about an ex-employee, sent six years after he had left, and not given as a reference, could still give rise to a damages claim. The HR Director at the employee’s previous employer,… Read on