“Oh ****, she’s pregnant”

We report on a case where the redundancy of an employee returning from maternity leave was tainted by sex discrimination. Background In this case, Fidessa Plc v. Lancaster, Ms Lancaster was made redundant after returning from her second period of… Read on

Social media: 5 key employment law tips

Can your business protect itself against comments made on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube? Can you keep an employee’s LinkedIn contacts? Here are the top 5 rules you may not know: 1. Using social media to select during recruitment may give… Read on

Settlement agreements – everything you need to know

Once a departure has been agreed, the aim of a settlement agreement is to give the employer confidence that the employee cannot bring any legal claims against them in the future. The benefit to the employee is that this will… Read on

easyJet settles bacon baguette case

We report on a case that has met with much consternation amongst the HR community. But how did it come to this? Background The Claimant in this case, Shannon Gleeson, a flight attendant, was given 2 sandwiches (a croquet-monsieur and… Read on

What is redundancy?

Redundancy is a situation where an employee either loses their job because there is less work available, or they are dismissed for a reason not related to them, depending on the rights that are being claimed. In a redundancy situation… Read on

What is summary dismissal?

Summary dismissal is the termination of an employment contract by the employer without giving notice. There needs to be gross misconduct or other fundamental breach of contract on the part of the employee for the employer to be able to… Read on

Constructive dismissal – an essential guide

Constructive dismissal is one of the most frequent and important topics for legal advice at Springhouse. It is, however, commonly misunderstood. An employee needs to have resigned in order to bring a constructive dismissal claim, and this is naturally a… Read on