Six Ryanair cabin crew were dismissed by the airline this week for "breach of trust" after a photograph was circulated on social media showing the employees apparently asleep on the floor at an airport crew room.
Updated to include information on Talon Engineering Ltd v Smith, concerning the employer's refusal to postpone a disciplinary hearing to allow the employee to be accompanied.
In Dibble v Falzon and Falzon t/a The Anne Arms, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that there were fundamental flaws in a tribunal decision that a pub worker was fairly dismissed over CCTV footage of her taking money out of a bar till.
In Talon Engineering Ltd v Smith, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employer's refusal to postpone a disciplinary hearing for two weeks to allow the employee's union official to accompany her made her dismissal unfair.
In Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that the effect of a contractual right of appeal against dismissal is that a successful appeal revives the contract and extinguishes the original dismissal.
In Bluebird Buses Ltd v Borowicki, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld an employment tribunal's findings of unfair and wrongful dismissal in relation to a bus driver whose bus became stranded after he drove it into a patch of flooded road.
In Lancaster & Duke Ltd v Wileman, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employee who was dismissed for gross misconduct could not extend her length of service by the statutory minimum notice period to allow her to qualify to bring a claim of unfair dismissal.
In Mbubaegbu v Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the summary dismissal of a surgeon was fair where the trust had relied on a pattern of conduct, but there had been no single act amounting to gross misconduct.
In Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the Supreme Court held that a head teacher was fairly dismissed for failing to disclose her association with a convicted sex offender.
Consultant editor Darren Newman considers a recent case in which the Supreme Court judges seemed to cast doubt on the long-established approach to misconduct dismissals set out in Burchell.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to misconduct dismissals.