Archive | July, 2011

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Court of Appeal defends employment tribunal system

Rather unexpectedly, the Court of Appeal has used a judgment to launch a lengthy defence of the employment tribunal system. The observations were made by Lord Justice Mummery (a former president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal) in the Court’s judgment in Gayle v Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust… continue

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Pay issues are most common cause of large-scale industrial disputes conciliated, says Acas

Acas has seen a 15% increase in the number of large-scale industrial disputes that it has been involved in over the last 12 months, with pay issues being by far the most common cause of collective disputes, according to the Acas annual report for the period from 1 April 2010… continue

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Avoid expensive employment tribunals when varying terms and conditions

Employers that are looking to change employees’ terms and conditions – typically, a change to working hours or a pay cut – as an alternative to making redundancies can now make use of XpertHR’s new Liveflo entry [subscription required] taking you through the steps necessary to vary terms and conditions… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 18.07.11 to 24.07.11: Toni & Guy hairstylist dismissed for deleting boss’s appointments after holiday row

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 18 July 2011, including a hairstylist who was fairly dismissed for deleted client appointments as revenge after rowing with her boss over holidays.
Toni & Guy hairstylist deleted boss’s appointments, tribunal hears (on the Maidenhead… continue

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Tribunal Watch’s Twitter round-up – week beginning 18 July 2011: ECJ considers justification of compulsory retirement at 65

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the last seven days, including bafflement at a ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the justification for having a compulsory retirement age.
The ruling in Fuchs and another v Land Hessen Cases C-159/10 and C-160/10 ECJ… continue

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Police worker fairly dismissed for “forgetting” personal details during arrest

A police worker was fairly dismissed for a single act of dishonesty outside work, in one of the latest tribunal cases reported by XpertHR.
Mrs Somers had worked in catering for the Metropolitan Police Authority for over 20 years, with a “perfectly blameless” record. One Sunday, an incident occurred at… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 11.07.11 to 17.07.11: £6,500 for trainee forced from job that was “like going back to the 1970s”

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 11 July 2011, including a trainee who has been awarded £6,500 for sex discrimination after being driven from her job after being asked questions about her sex life.
Trainee forced from job after “1970s” bosses… continue

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Tribunal Watch’s Twitter round-up – week beginning 11 July 2011: EHRC proposes “reasonable accommodation” for religion or belief

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the last seven days. Religion or belief discrimination has again hit the headlines, with more details of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s intervention in four cases involving religious discrimination in the workplace (on the EHRC website) and a… continue

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Age discrimination: grey-haired woman claims US employer sacked her for refusing to dye hair

In our blog about hair-related employment cases, one form of discrimination that was conspicuous by its absence was age discrimination. While discrimination cases specifically about a claimant’s grey hair or baldness haven’t yet arisen in the UK, an American woman in her 50s has claimed that she was dismissed for… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 04.07.11 to 10.07.11: £390,000 award for disability discrimination

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 4 July 2011, including an employer in Wales that has been ordered to pay £390,000 in compensation for disability discrimination to a dismissed employee.
Claimant awarded £390,870.58 for disability discrimination (on the Jackson Osborne website)… continue

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