Gisda Cyf v Barratt [2010] IRLR 1073 SC

Reports relating to this case:

  • Dismissal: Termination date was when dismissal letter was read

    Date:
    1 February 2011

    In Gisda Cyf v Barratt [2010] IRLR 1073 SC, the Supreme Court held that, where a dismissal is effected by letter, the effective date of termination (from which the time limit for an unfair dismissal claim begins to run) does not occur until the letter is read or until the point at which the employee has had a reasonable opportunity to read it. In doing so, the Court rejected the contention that ordinary contractual principles should apply so that the effective date of termination would be the date on which the letter is delivered.

  • Dismissal by letter is effective when employee reads it

    Date:
    20 October 2010

    The Supreme Court has held that, where an employee is dismissed by letter, the effective date of termination is the date on which he or she reads the letter, or has a reasonable opportunity to do so.