39% of over 50s prefer flexible working before retirement

Following the UK’s silver workforce gaining the right to request flexible working last summer (recap here), a Government poll just published shows that 39% of over 50s not currently retired said that working part time or flexible hours before stopping… Read on

Government limits backdated holiday pay claims

On 8 January 2015, The Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 will come into force. These regulations establish, from 1 July 2015, a two-year limitation on how far back in time workers’ employment tribunal claims can go to recover the… Read on

Dismissal for offensive tweets unfair

How did the EAT approach the fairness of a dismissal for posting offensive tweets? The EAT has recently found that it was, indeed, fair to dismiss an employee for making offensive tweets in a case which highlights the considerations that… 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

Important case on time limits

The EAT has recently confirmed that time limits for bringing discrimination claims for detrimental treatment run from the date on which the decision to make the detriment was taken as opposed to when the employee learns of it. The case… Read on

Reasonable adjustments and sickness absence

Can employers take disability related sickness into account when dismissing for poor attendance? In the case of General Dynamics Information Technology v Carranza, the EAT considered this issue, and the question of whether it would be a reasonable adjustment not… Read on

£65,500 penalty under TUPE

A tribunal has ordered a vet service to pay penalty compensation of £500 for each of its 131 employees on losing its contract with the Food Standards Agency. In the case of Eville & Jones v. Grants Veterinary Services,… Read on

Judgment on tribunal fees imminent

In July 2013, the Government introduced fees for claimants in the employment tribunals. Fees start from around £160 to issue a claim, with a further fee for a hearing starting at £230. The fee rises depending on the type of… Read on

Claim rejected for not following early conciliation rules

The case of Thomas v Nationwide Building Society is the first reported case of a claim being rejected by a Tribunal because of an employee’s failure to follow the early conciliation procedures. Background New early conciliation procedures were introduced on… Read on