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  • Social media misconduct: Snapchat posts increased tiger kidnapping risk

    Date:
    26 March 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Elliott v RMS Cash Solutions Ltd, a Northern Ireland tribunal held that a cash transit firm fairly dismissed an employee whose Snapchat posts revealed a colleague's personal details. The posts increased the risk of "tiger kidnapping", which involves staff or their families being kidnapped to force staff to help commit a crime.

  • Dismissing mentally ill employee for failing to attend meetings was discrimination, decides tribunal

    Date:
    25 March 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Flemming v East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust, an employment tribunal held that an NHS Trust discriminated against a mentally ill employee by dismissing him for gross misconduct following his failure to attend a sickness absence review meeting and occupational health appointments.

  • Date:
    14 March 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Consultant editor Darren Newman considers whistleblowing in the NHS, focusing on the public interest test and the danger of working on the basis that an allegation is malicious.

  • Maternity leave: Redundancy form sent to employee's inaccessible work email address

    Date:
    13 March 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Jackson and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that, as long as the miscommunication came from an administrative error, an employee whose redundancy redeployment form was sent to an inaccessible work email address was not unfavourably treated because she was on maternity leave.

  • Government extends group of occupations exempt from £30,000 visa threshold

    Date:
    11 March 2019
    Type:
    News

    The government has announced an extension to the number of professions that will be exempt from the proposed £30,000 minimum salary threshold on workers requiring a Tier 2 visa.

  • Breach of contract: Suspension must be "reasonable and proper" response to misconduct allegations

    Date:
    5 March 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, the Court of Appeal held that the proper test for the courts for deciding if an employee's suspension breached the implied term of trust and confidence is whether or not the employer's decision to suspend was a "reasonable and proper" response to the allegations.

  • Positive action: Police force's recruitment process discriminated against white heterosexual man

    Date:
    1 March 2019
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Furlong v Chief Constable of Cheshire Police, an employment tribunal held that a police force's recruitment process discriminated against a white heterosexual male candidate who was rejected after the positive action provisions in the Equality Act 2010 were applied to a pool of 127 applicants who passed the interview stage.

  • One million public sector staff earning below Living Wage

    Date:
    28 February 2019
    Type:
    News

    Almost 1.2 million public sector workers are "trapped in in-work poverty" and are earning below the cost of living, according to a new analysis.

  • NHS staff make hundreds of bullying and harassment complaints

    Date:
    25 February 2019
    Type:
    News

    Hundreds of bullying and sexual harassment allegations have been made against NHS staff over the past five years, further highlighting the "toxic environment" present in many hospitals.

  • Date:
    25 February 2019
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Equality is high on the agenda of most NHS employers. As well as being subject to the gender pay gap reporting regime, NHS employers are required to comply with an equality standard in relation to race, and from April 2019 will be required to comply with a standard on disability. Nicky Green from law firm Capsticks explores what the standards mean for NHS employers.

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