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Aug
03
2018

Employers’ duty of care to employees does not extend to the conduct of litigation
#Employment

The Supreme Court recently held that employers sued on the basis of vicarious liability for acts of their employees do not owe those employees a duty to defend the proceedings in a manner that protects the employees’ own economic or reputational interests. In James-Bowen & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a terrorist suspect alleged that he had been seriously assaulted in the course of his arrest and brought a personal injury claim against the Police Commissioner for vicariously liability for the police officers’ actions....

Aug
03
2018

No extra time where notice of appeal lost in the post
#Employment

In Haydar v Pennine Acute NHS Trust, the Claimant had brought claims against his employer which included unfair dismissal and discrimination. His claim for discrimination was dismissed and, although, the unfair dismissal claim was upheld a finding of contributory fault was made. The claimant alleged that he sent an appeal against this judgment to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) prior to the relevant deadline, however, there was no record of this being received by the EAT. ...

Jul
27
2018

Strike action could not go ahead despite a majority of votes in favour
#Employment

Before a strike can be lawful, unions have to hold a secret postal ballot of the union members who could take part. Earlier this year, the government offered civil servants a pay increase of 1%....

Jul
27
2018

Caste is not going to become a protected characteristic
#Employment

Following a consultation progress, the government has decided that specific legal protection against caste-based discrimination is not required. It says that it has not been able to identify a legally workable definition of caste and that it would be difficult to differentiate between caste and social class....

Jul
27
2018

Court of Appeal confirms employer vicariously liable for acts of its contractor
#Employment

In Barclays Bank v Various Claimants, the Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court’s decision that the bank was vicariously liable for the deliberate criminal assaults of a contractor on its employees. The case concerned historical sexual assaults of a doctor (who was an independent contractor of the bank) on female bank employees when conducting medical examinations on behalf of the bank. ...

Jul
25
2018

Could technology be the answer to boost employee wellbeing?
#Information Technology #Employment

Technology’s impact in the workplace is unquestionable- the increased use of remote working, mobile devices and new technologies in the workplace all designed to improve employee and company performance is clear for all to see. However, the debate continues on whether this impact is positive or negative on employees’ wellbeing. ...

Jul
20
2018

Philosophical belief: one in the bag for Mulberry
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently found that a belief held by only one person, cannot give rise to an indirect discrimination claim on the ground of philosophical belief. The claimant worked for Mulberry as a Market Support Assistant: a role which gave her access to some of Mulberry’s designs ahead of their launch to market. ...

Jul
18
2018

Successful appeal erases dismissal
#Employment

In the recent case of Patel v Folkstone Nursing Home Ltd, the Court of Appeal held that an employee had not been dismissed by his employer as his internal appeal against dismissal had been successful; thereby effectively erasing the earlier dismissal. The claimant had been dismissed for gross misconduct for falsifying records and sleeping whilst on duty. ...

Jul
16
2018

Michael Hibberd comments for Elite Businesses on Uber – ‘Above the Law?’
#Employment #Information Technology #Press

Uber had its brakes slammed on last September after Transport for London (TFL) revoked its five-year licence for failure to report crime and to properly background check its drivers....

Jul
13
2018

Recurring holiday dreams?
#Employment

In Flowers v East of England Ambulance Trust, The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that voluntary overtime should be included when calculating holiday pay, if it is paid over a sufficient period of time. The ambulance crew members in this case did both mandatory but non-guaranteed overtime (shift over-run) and voluntary overtime, both of which were irregular. However, the voluntary overtime was not included in their holiday pay calculations. ...

Jul
13
2018

Discrimination arising from disability: Any treatment must be proportionate
#Employment

In Ali v Torrosian and others (t/a Bedford Hill Family Practice) the EAT confirmed that when determining a claim for unfavourable treatment arising in consequence of a disability, Tribunals must consider whether the employer’s pursued legitimate aim could be achieved by less discriminatory means. Discrimination arising from disability (“unfavourable treatment”) was a new ground of claim created under the Equality Act 2010. ...

Jul
06
2018

Right to work check: Failure to give right of appeal following dismissal, found to be unfair
#Employment #UK Immigration

As we have previously blogged, if an employee fails to produce evidence of his right to work in the UK, it will not necessarily be fair for an employer to dismiss on the basis that it would be illegal to continue to employ the employee. However, dismissal in these circumstances can still be fair if the employer has a reasonable and genuinely held belief that it would be illegal to continue to employ them and has followed a fair process....

Jul
06
2018

Qualifying period for Unfair Dismissal Claims
#Employment

If an employee is dismissed for gross misconduct just short of 2 years service, s/he cannot add on statutory minimum notice so as to qualify to bring an unfair dismissal claim, found the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Lancaster & Duke Limited v Wileman....

Jun
29
2018

Tribunal delivers further win for gig economy workers
#Employment

In a recent ruling by the Employment Tribunal, Hermes couriers have been deemed to be workers. This is the latest in a long line of decisions about the gig economy, including Pimlico Plumbers, Uber, Citysprint and Deliveroo, in which the general trend has been that those working in the gig economy have been found to have greater rights than the company may have envisaged....

Jun
29
2018

Whistleblowing: When is a Disclosure Protected?
#Employment

In Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth the Court of Appeal has confirmed that to be protected under whistleblower legislation, disclosures need to be more than mere allegations and have sufficient factual content and specificity of a relevant failure set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996. ...

Jun
22
2018

Automatic unfair dismissal despite employee’s knowing use of illicitly gained personal information
#Employment

It is automatically unfair to dismiss an employee for taking part in trade union activities at an appropriate time. It is also unlawful to subject an employee to a detriment on this basis. For a union official, union activities include seeking to present a case on behalf of his/her members....

Jun
22
2018

List of issues should be complete
#Employment

It is common for parties to a tribunal claim to agree, at an early stage, the list of the issues that they want a tribunal to determine. In the recent case of Scicluna v Zippy Stitch the Court of Appeal has suggested that tribunals will usually be confined to these issues. ...

Jun
19
2018

Will HR be Human or Hybrid?
#Press #Employment #Information Technology

As huge numbers of employees face displacement by technology over the coming decade, nearly half all jobs in manufacturing according to some, what is the HR agenda to mitigate the human cost of this technological revolution?...

Jun
18
2018

How might AI and Blockchain impact on HR?
#Employment #Information Technology

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Blockchain are becoming more prominent, with ever-increasing uses. But how could such developments impact HR?...

Jun
15
2018

‘Serious misconduct’ dismissals- Must there be prior warnings?
#Employment

The recent EAT decision of Quintiles Commercial v Barongo held that even in the absence of any prior warnings, a dismissal for misconduct is not necessarily unfair where the conduct is labelled ‘serious misconduct’ rather than ‘gross misconduct’. The Tribunals need to consider the circumstances as a whole when assessing the decision to dismiss....

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