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  • Date:
    1 December 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments for employers this year.

  • Unfair dismissal: impact of "manifestly inappropriate" warning on decision to dismiss

    Date:
    17 November 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that where an employee is dismissed for misconduct following an earlier warning that the tribunal has found to be manifestly inappropriate, the tribunal must examine the weight the employer attached to that warning in deciding whether or not the decision to dismiss was within the range of reasonable responses.

  • Fair dismissal of employee who refused to work extra hours before Christmas

    Date:
    7 November 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    This employment tribunal held that an employer fairly dismissed an employee who refused to do overtime as required under her contract of employment and whose protests at being asked to do so caused discontent among her fellow workers.

  • Can an employee be disciplined for refusing to work overtime?

    Date:
    7 November 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    An employee's contract states that she must work extra hours if needed. The employer asks everyone to work some Saturdays in the run up to Christmas. The employee flatly refuses. Should she be disciplined? That was the dilemma in Edwards v Bramble Foods Ltd.

  • Unfair dismissal

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Khan v Stripestar Ltd, in which the EAT considered the extent to which a defective disciplinary process can be cured through an appeal; and Grayson v Paycare concerning the correct approach to a Polkey reduction.

  • Dismissal of baker for not washing hands was fair

    Date:
    28 July 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employment tribunal has held that an experienced employee should have appreciated the seriousness of breaching his employer's hygiene rules and it was appropriate for the employer to dismiss him.

  • Date:
    22 July 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    So far in 2016, there have been notable employment law cases on: holiday pay; childcare vouchers; social media at work; fraudulent sick leave; and reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

  • Date:
    1 July 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Employers need to tread carefully in situations where disparity of treatment arises. Natalie Jeffries, an associate from Burges Salmon, looks at the lessons from key cases where employees in an organisation were dealt with differently for the same types of misconduct.

  • Fair dismissal for use of racist term heard by white colleagues only

    Date:
    8 June 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employment tribunal has held that an employer fairly dismissed an employee for using a racist term in the presence of white colleagues. The tribunal was unimpressed with the claimant's arguments that he did not realise anyone was listening, did not intend to offend, and the word is "street talk" where he lives.

  • Date:
    17 May 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    After a mistake by a private security company during a training exercise led to a fake bomb being left in a toilet at Old Trafford, we explore the legal position for employers when an employee makes a single serious mistake at work.

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HR and legal information and guidance relating to dismissals for a reason relating to conduct.