Fixed-term employee wins unfair dismissal claim

The Employee Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently confirmed that an employee whose fixed-term contract was not renewed was unfairly dismissed. Legally, when an employee’s fixed-term contract is not renewed after it expires, that is a dismissal (section 95(1)(b) of the Employment… Read on

Taxation of termination payments: some changes delayed

It was previously announced that the Government intended to start charging employer National Insurance Contributions on termination payments above £30,000 from April this year. However, it has now been confirmed that this change will not take effect until April 2019.… Read on

Employing foreign workers: when can you dismiss fairly?

An employer who employs a foreign worker often finds themselves caught between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to dismissal. On the one hand they must comply with unfair dismissal law, as they would for any other… Read on

Personal liability for whistleblowing compensation

In International Petroleum Ltd v Osipov (click here for full judgment) , a non-executive director (retained on a non-employed basis to make decisions for the company) instructed another non-executive director to dismiss the Claimant, who had brought to the first… Read on

Poor attitude constitutes gross misconduct

We report on a further case sanctioning the dismissal of an employee for poor conduct. Background In April 2017, a judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of Adeshina v St George’s University Hospitals NHS Read on

“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