In DLA Piper's case of the week, Lund v St Edmund's School, Canterbury, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures should have been followed in a case where the reason for dismissal was stated to be for "some other substantial reason" (SOSR), but disciplinary proceedings ought to have been invoked.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has reiterated the importance of employers carrying out a sufficiently thorough disciplinary investigation where there are allegations of criminal behaviour.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld the employment tribunal decision that a manager was unfairly dismissed for behaving in an "over-authoritarian manner" because he was not warned that a possible consequence of continuing to act in this way was dismissal.
David Malamatenios is a partner and Colin Makin, Linda Quinn, Krishna Santra and Sandra Martins are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
This employment tribunal case arose from a situation in which the employer felt that it had no option but to dismiss a foreign worker who lost her right to work in the UK.
This private security contractor, which needed most employees by law to hold a security licence, fairly dismissed an employee who did not have the required documentation.
In this case, the tribunal had to decide whether or not a teacher in a primary school was fairly dismissed following her son's criminal conviction.
This employment tribunal decision demonstrates some of the difficulties that can arise when employers require staff to undergo drug testing.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the fairness of the reason for dismissal.