Give me a break! Entitlement to rest periods at work

Give me a break! Entitlement to rest periods at work

In Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, the Employment Appeals Tribunal considered whether a railway signalman had been given adequate compensatory rest when he was permitted to take a series Read more…

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Posted on Apr 17th, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

Compensation for protected disclosure in LLPs

Compensation for protected disclosure in Limited Liability Partnerships

In Wilsons Solicitors LLP v Roberts, the Court of Appeal looked at the compensation that could be awarded for making a protected disclosure (also known as ‘whistleblowing’). In July 2014, Read more…

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Posted on Apr 3rd, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

Perceived discrimination at work

In The Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that it is direct disability discrimination to treat someone less favourably on the basis of an Read more…

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Posted on Feb 27th, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

Can an employee subject to discriminatory treatment by their employer refuse to work?

discriminatory treatment

‘No’ says the Appeal Court in the case of Rochford v WNS Global Services UK Limited and others. Why? Because two wrongs do not make a right. Discriminatory treatment The Read more…

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Posted on Feb 13th, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

Automatic unfair dismissal and protected disclosures

Automatic unfair dismissal and protected disclosures

Can a dismissal be automatically unfair for a protected disclosure, even when the dismissing officer did not have the disclosure in mind but was misled by a manager who was Read more…

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Posted on Jan 30th, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

Checking employees’ right to work in the UK

right to work in UK

With penalties for employing illegal workers including fines of up to £20,000, employers usually take a cautious approach to ensuring their employees have the right to work. This article considers Read more…

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Posted on Jan 16th, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

Can individuals be liable for dismissal-related damages in whistleblowing detriment claims?

can individuals be liable for dismissal-related damages in whistleblowing detriment claims?

In International Petroleum Limited v Osipov, the Employment Appeal Tribunal unusually found that an individual was liable for losses flowing from dismissal. It is more usual for the employer to Read more…

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Posted on Jan 2nd, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

What amounts to unfavourable treatment under section 15 of the Equality Act?

Unfavourable treatment

The answer to this question was recently considered in the Court of Appeal case of Andrew Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension & another [2017] EWCA 1008.

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Posted on Dec 19th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Avoiding employee misconduct at the office Christmas party: tips for employers

Employee misconduct at Christmas parties

The office Christmas party season is in full swing, providing the chance for employers to reward staff for their hard work with some food and often a glass or two Read more…

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Posted on Dec 12th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Can suspending an employee amount to a repudiatory breach of contract?

Suspending an employee

Suspending an employee to investigate disciplinary actions is usually thought of as a neutral act. However, this case demonstrates that it will not always be reasonable to suspend.

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Posted on Dec 5th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson