Posted on 2nd July 2019
Complete failure at investigation stage leads to unfair dismissal award
An employment tribunal has recently made an award of £17,339 for unfair dismissal to a supervisor who sent “I’m going to tickle you till you pee” message to 17 year old female colleague.
Posted on 5th April 2019
No one wants an employment issue to escalate into a dispute that leads to a tribunal claim. They are often a result of a catastrophic break down in trust, communication and understanding between employer and employee – and they are very stressful for all concerned.
Posted on 12th September 2018
Rare reinstatement ruling and £22,805 award from Employment Tribunal for tanker driver who spilled fuel on a forecourt.
Posted on 22nd August 2018
Having worked for her employer for 20 years, Mrs Smith was dismissed for gross misconduct after sending a series of emails to a trading partner company in which she referred to a colleague as a “knob” and a “knob head”.
Posted on 29th March 2018
We love the varied nature of our job because every day is different and every situation is unique because it will refer to a particular business. Even situations that look similar on paper will be different in practice because our guidance will help business owners manage in the way they want to and not in prescriptive, one size fits all manner.
Posted on 3rd January 2018
As reported by the CIPD, the Government’s trial period for tribunal fee repayments has now ended, so individuals (employees and workers) and trades unions that have paid a fee can now apply online for reimbursement.
Posted on 26th July 2017
Today, the Supreme Court ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful.
Tribunal fees were introduced by the Government in 2013 with the aim of reducing the number of weak or malicious claims being brought. Fees ranged from £390 to £1,200 with discrimination claims costing more because of the complexity and time that hearings took.
Posted on 17th February 2015
With an estimated 2.1 million adults in Great Britain using e-cigarettes it is surprising to hear that reportedly over half of UK businesses don’t have a policy on “vaping” in the workplace. The first vaping tribunal decision is a warning for employers to review your current smoking at work policy to ensure your rules on e-cigarettes are clearly communicated to your staff.
Posted on 4th February 2015
The recent case of Game Retail Limited V Laws was the first of its kind to make its way to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) when an employee was dismissed for his misuse of Twitter after posting a number of offensive tweets. The following case demonstrates the importance of having an internet and social media policy in place and should be a much needed motivator for those who are yet to enforce one.
Posted on 13th August 2014
An employment tribunal has ruled that the BBC unfairly dismissed its former Technology Chief, John Linwood, following the failure of the Digital Media Initiative project. The failure of the project was not in doubt, the corporation spent £98.4 million to end the use of video tape and was lambasted by the Commons Public Accounts Committee.