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17k unfair dismissal award following complete failure of investigation

17k unfair dismissal award following complete failure of investigation

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.

The Hidden Cost of Employment Tribunals

The Hidden Cost of Employment Tribunals

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.

"Knob Head" dismissal appeal ruling sets new precedent

"Knob Head" dismissal appeal ruling sets new precedent

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”. 

Never a Dull Moment

Never a Dull Moment

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.

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

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.

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

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.

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

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.

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

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.

Learn from the BBC’s mistake and avoid expensive unfair dismissal claims

Learn from the BBC’s mistake and avoid expensive unfair dismissal claims

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.