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UK Employment Law case updates - February 2017
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • February 21 2017

The Court of Appeal has held that an employee's act of gross negligence, through dereliction of duty, can justify an employer's decision to dismiss


Employers may rely on expired disciplinary warnings when dismissing
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • January 26 2017

Where an act of misconduct does not in itself constitute gross misconduct, reliance upon earlier disciplinary offences as the principle reason for


Employee unfairly dismissed despite his violent conduct
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • January 26 2017

In this case, Mr Spoor was dismissed for gross misconduct after he violently grabbed a colleague by the neck


Statutory Maternity Pay is due despite agreement settling "all and any claims"
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • January 26 2017

In this case, the First Tax Tribunal ("FTT") made clear that if a settlement agreement is to settle claims for Statutory Maternity Pay ("SMP"), this


Employers must give workers the opportunity to take breaks.
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • December 21 2016

The Working Time Regulations 1998 ("WTR") provide that if a worker's daily working time exceeds six hours he is entitled to a rest


Disciplinary investigations and handling serious allegations.
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • December 21 2016

The seriousness of the allegation will impact the duty of investigation to be imposed on the


Disciplinary sanctions and dismissal: When can employers rely on earlier warnings?
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • December 21 2016

In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") confirmed that an employer cannot rely on a manifestly inappropriate final warning


Autumn Statement - Employment developments
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • December 21 2016

As a result of the Autumn Statement tax reliefs have been removed relating to employee shareholder status. Previously an employee could become an


Christmas parties: When is an employer liable for drunken antics?
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • December 21 2016

The High Court has ruled that a company was not vicariously liable for the assault on a manager, by a director, after the Christmas


Publication of Revised Gender Pay Gap Regulations
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • December 8 2016

The Government has published revised Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (the "Regulations"), which amend and update the