Archive | April, 2011


Employer did not constructively dismiss employee by passing threats investigation to the police

The Fair Employment Tribunal in Ireland has held that an employer did not constructively dismiss an employee when it referred grave threats to his safety to the police, rather than deal with them itself under its harassment policy, in one of XpertHR’s latest tribunal reports.

Mr Breen, who is Catholic,… continue

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Butler sacked for allegedly stealing leftovers from gentlemen’s club claims unfair dismissal

It’s gratifying to see that even prestigious organisations like London’s Athenaeum Club (founded in 1824, don’t you know) aren’t immune to a spot of common-or-garden employment tribunal proceedings. A former butler at the club is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked for allegedly stealing leftovers from a staff barbecue, reports… continue

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Tribunal Watch’s Twitter round-up – week beginning 18 April 2011: does a woman’s attractiveness affect her employability?

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter this week, including research suggesting that , for women at least, attractiveness can actually be a barrier to being hired.

Does a woman’s attractiveness affect her employability? @xperthr Recruiters, CVs and attractive women: do looks affect employability?
Dress codes… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 18.04.11 to 24.04.11: postman wins £60,000 in compensation from Royal Mail

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 18 April 2011, including £60,000 for a postman who was sacked for poor attendance after 17 years’ service for Royal Mail.
Postman wins £60,000 in compensation from Royal Mail (on the Daily Echo website) A… continue

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Gay waiter at Michelin-starred restaurant was asked if he liked having his nipple pinched

An employment tribunal has held that a waiter at a Michelin-starred London restaurant was subjected to repeated unlawful harassment on the ground of his sexual orientation, in one of XpertHr’s latest tribunal reports.
Mr Ma worked as a commis waiter at Yauatcha, a Michelin-starred London restaurant owned by Hakkasan Ltd.… continue

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Can an Anglesey hotel ban staff from speaking Welsh at work?

A hotel in Anglesey has banned its catering staff from speaking Welsh when the head chef, who does not speak the language, is in the kitchen, says the BBC website.
The hotel, which has only three out of 25 non-Welsh speaking employees, is facing a clash with the Welsh Language… continue

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Over 50% of employers have used Acas to settle tribunal claims, finds XpertHR research

More than half of the respondents to an XpertHR survey on employment tribunals [£] have used Acas at least once to settle an employment tribunal claim before it goes to court.
The Government’s consultation on employment tribunal reforms, which closes today (20 April 2011), puts Acas at the centre of… continue

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Electrician faces disciplinary action for displaying Christian cross in company van

An electrician who works for a housing association has been called to a disciplinary hearing for displaying a Christian cross in the window of his company van, according to a Daily Telegraph report.
Mr Atkinson, who has worked for Wakefield and District Housing for 15 years, has been told that… continue

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“Ghostbuster” spiritualist Alan Power fails in latest appeal attempt

Alan Power, a trainer sacked by Greater Manchester Police for bringing to work DVDs and posters related to his spiritualist beliefs, has been told that his case will not be heard in the Court of Appeal, reports the Manchester Evening News website.

Power, described as a “ghostbuster” by the report,… continue

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Employer carried out sham redundancies of HR managers on whim of chief executive

An employment tribunal has held that a well-known employer undertook a sham redundancy exercise on the whim of its chief executive, in one of XpertHR’s latest tribunal reports.
Two women, Mrs Madine and Mrs Oakley, worked as HR managers for The Garden Centre Group Ltd, which runs the well-known Wyevale… continue

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