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Employer could terminate for failure to follow reasonable instructions

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • April 9 2010

The Court of Appeal has held that an employee's failure to follow instructions and report a significant risk issue undermined trust and confidence to such an extent that the employer was entitled to terminate the employee's employment without notice (Dunn v AAH Ltd

Date of resignation cannot be backdated

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • July 8 2010

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has, in the case of Heaven v Whitbread Group plc, provided guidance on how the effective date of termination (EDT) of employment should be determined

Protection of volunteers - discrimination and unfair dismissal

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • December 10 2009

Two recent cases have confirmed that a genuine volunteer does not have the protection of the law on discrimination or unfair dismissal

Employer faces jail for perjury in the tribunal

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • December 10 2009

In a warning shot to anyone tempted to be overly creative in the discovery of documents or to avoid the truth in order to bolster their defence to a claim, an individual has been sentenced to 4 months in prison for perverting the course of justice during employment tribunal proceedings

Directors' remuneration disclosure requirement

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • April 9 2009

Under the Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008, for financial years beginning on or after 6 April 2009, quoted companies must set out in the Directors' Remuneration Report a statement of how the pay and conditions of employees were taken into account when setting directors' remuneration

Head teacher wins stress claim as result of actions of school's governing body

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • May 15 2009

The High Court, in the case of Connor v Surrey County Council, has awarded damages of around £400,000 to a head teacher in respect of the stress she suffered as a result of the actions of members of her school's governing body

Consultant was in breach of confidentiality obligations

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
  • -
  • United Kingdom
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  • June 11 2009

The High Court has held that a consultant was in breach of obligations of confidentiality to a former client, when he misused confidential information to develop a competing product for another party (Vestergaard Frandsen AS and others v Bestnet Europe Limited and others

Holidays and sick leave: what employers need to know

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • June 24 2009

In our last monthly E-Bulletin, we reported that the House of Lords had handed down its judgement in the case of HM Revenue and Customs v Stringer, which concerns the vexed question of statutory holiday entitlement under the Working Time Regulations (WTR) when a worker is or has been absent on long-term sick leave

Equal pay and "piggyback" claims

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
  • -
  • United Kingdom
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  • July 10 2009

In McAvoy v South Tyneside Borough Council, female employees of three local councils who worked in predominantly female jobs brought equal pay claims under the Equal Pay Act 1970 (EqPA) arguing that their work was of equal value to men working in predominantly male jobs but who received extra bonuses

Misrepresentation and pre-employment medical questionnaires

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • July 10 2009

The High Court has rejected a local council's claim for £1m in damages against its former managing director and held that her failure to mention her history of stress and depression in her pre-employment medical questionnaire did not amount to fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation