Are you carrying out a reasonable investigation?

The employment tribunal has provided a reminder about the importance of an employer not simply relying upon a breach of the black letter of its policies to dismiss an employee. Background In this case, Citibank dismissed employee Mr Stimpson for… Read on

Personal social media at work: ECHR decision

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights about employee’s private use of a Yahoo Messenger account has hit the news in a big way over the last couple of days. We explain the legal rationale behind it. Background… Read on

New case on disparity of treatment in unfair dismissal

Two employees, both found guilty of gross misconduct (one for kneeing in the leg and sending text messages of a violent nature, the other hitting his colleague in the face). The former was dismissed, the latter was not. Was this… Read on

Influence of HR on disciplinary outcome: unfair dismissal

We report on a significant decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Background This was a case of dismissal for gross misconduct, in which the claimant, Mr Ramphal had been accused of fabricating expenses, notably excessive petrol use and suspicious cups… Read on

Facebook remarks 2 years ago: fair dismissal

The EAT has held that it was fair of the British Waterways Board to dismiss their employee, Mr Smith, because of comments he had made on Facebook 2 years previously. This was even though the Waterways Board had known about… Read on

Coming to work smelling of alcohol: dismissal unfair

Mr McElroy, the Claimant in this case, was employed by an NHS Trust, and had direct responsibility for patients. The Employment Tribunal agreed that he did come to work smelling of alcohol, but that his subsequent dismissal for gross misconduct… Read on

Whistleblowing: interest of 100 = “public interest”?

We report on the EAT’s first decision since the introduction of the new rule protecting whistleblowers only where their disclosure is made in the public interest? Background Mr Nurmohamed was employed by the estate agent Chestertons and worked in their… Read on

Dismissal investigations: how far do you need to go?

Did Genesis Housing Association have to investigate each and every line of defence put forward by their dismissed employee, Mr Shrestha, who they claimed had falsified his expenses? Background Mr Shrestha was dismissed by Genesis because the mileage claims he… Read on