Facebook comments: fair dismissal

A recent Facebook dismissal case heard by a Tribunal in Northern Ireland, has made some interesting findings which add to the developing law in this area. An employee of TeleTech UK Limited posted a vulgar comment concerning a colleague on… Read on

Not possible to retract a mistaken dismissal

In this recent case, the employer (CF Capital plc) had discussed with Miss Willoughby (their employee) the possibility of changing her employment to a self-employed role, to avoid redundancy. Miss Willoughby requested more information, but CF Capital thought she had… Read on

Is self-dismissal possible?

In January 2005, lorry driver Mr Zulhayir had a serious accident at work which left him unable to do his job. In June 2006, his employer, J J Food Services Limited, stopped receiving sick notes. They wrote to him saying… Read on

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

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

Do not send dismissal letters in the post

The date an employee actually reads a letter dismissing them will be the date their employment ends (provided they have not unreasonably ignored it). The Supreme Court has just confirmed this beyond any doubt. This means that the termination date… Read on

Gross misconduct – Get all your allegations right

Compass has dismissed an employee because they believed she had stolen £3,000. However, in their letter to her accusing her of this, they referred to the loss of £3,000. They were found guilty of unfair dismissal because they had not… Read on