The High Court has held that an employee had no reasonable expectation of privacy when he used his employer's computer system to create,and transmit, personal email correspondence in the course of his employment.
Updated to include information on Marathon Asset Management LLP and another v Seddon and another, in which the High Court awarded the employer nominal damages only, for breach of contract.
Entry from the XpertHR policies and documents module providing an example introduction to a staff handbook, along with legal background, notes, warnings and future developments.
This case is a good example of how the terms of a staff handbook that is stated to be non-contractual can still be incorporated into an employee's contract of employment.
An example staff handbook structure for small businesses and accompanying guidance.
In Keeley v Fosroc International Ltd  IRLR 961, the Court of Appeal held that a provision for enhanced redundancy payments set out in a staff handbook that was incorporated into the employment contract constituted an express term of the individual contract of employment, thus conferring a contractual right to the payment.
Practical guidance on writing and amending an employee handbook, including incorporation into the employment contract and varying the contract.
An employee on long-term sick leave who failed to maintain communication with his employer regarding his continued absence, and who had not provided continuous medical certificates, was lawfully dismissed so as to terminate any entitlement to benefits under the employer's permanent health insurance scheme, the Court of Appeal holds in Briscoe v Lubrizol Ltd.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to staff handbooks.