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Meaning of "occupied premises" for purposes of car pool tax exemption
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 10 2010

Providing a company car to an employee is treated as a taxable benefit but there is an exemption to the general rule where the car provided by the employer is used as a "pool car"


Employer could terminate for failure to follow reasonable instructions
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • 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 and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Employer faces jail for perjury in the tribunal
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Protection of volunteers - discrimination and unfair dismissal
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Holidays and sick leave: what employers need to know
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Overseas employees on fixed-term contracts may claim unfair dismissal in the UK
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2010

The Court of Appeal has held that overseas employees who have never worked in Great Britain are subject to the protection of the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 and may bring an unfair dismissal claim in the UK (Duncombe and others v Secretary of state for Children Schools and Families


Jurisdiction: when can overseas employees bring claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination?
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • July 8 2010

In two recent cases, the UK courts have considered the circumstances in which overseas employees can bring claims for unfair dismissal or discrimination in the employment tribunals


The sick note is dead. Long live the fit note
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • February 11 2010

From 6 April this year, UK employers will no longer be presented with the traditional sick note setting out the reason for an employee's absence


Employer can rely on handbook term to impose unilateral variation of employment contract
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 11 2010

In a case that should be treated with some caution, Bateman and others v Asda Stores Ltd, the EAT held that Asda was entitled to rely on a general contractual right in a staff handbook to vary terms and conditions to impose changes to its employees' pay and work structure