In DLA Piper's case of the week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered a case in which the employer was found to have fairly dismissed someone despite choosing not to follow the findings of an independent appeal panel.
Neil Window is a trainee solicitor, Heather Marsh, Carly Mather, Associate and David Rintoul are associate solicitors, and Catherine Barker is managing associate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
The Supreme Court has restored the High Court decision granting a doctor an injunction to prevent an NHS trust from continuing flawed disciplinary action against her without first restarting and completing an investigation under its disciplinary policy.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held for the second time in 2013 that there is no requirement for an employee's request to be accompanied by a particular companion to a discipline or grievance meeting to be reasonable, provided the chosen person meets the definition of a companion in the Employment Relations Act 1999.
This employment tribunal decision provides a useful example for employers of what the legislation on the right to be accompanied means when it says that the right applies where a worker "reasonably requests" to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing, an issue on which there is a surprising paucity of case law.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to discipline.