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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


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


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 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


Equal pay and "piggyback" claims
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Garden leave: no obligation to provide work where employee in breach of duty of good faith
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2010

In Standard Life Health Care Ltd v Gorman and others, the Court of Appeal upheld an injunction (interdict) preventing agents who were paid on a commission only basis from joining a competitor until the end of their notice periods


Dismissal of employee to deprive of early retirement pension amounts to age discrimination
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 12 2009

In a case highlighting the importance of the age discrimination legislation, the EAT has upheld the tribunal's decision in London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Wooster that an employee suffered age discrimination when his employer made him redundant prior to his 50th birthday in order to avoid him becoming entitled to enhanced early retirement terms


Sleeping-in allowance counts towards minimum wage
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • August 13 2009

The case of Smith v Oxeter Learning Disability NHS Trust concerned a worker who was contracted to work 15 hours per week at a residential care home and occasionally required to sleep at the care home to be on call for night duty


Reinstatement relevant factors
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • July 10 2009

Employment tribunals have a wide discretion when considering whether to make an order for reinstatement, but they are required by Section 116 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 to take into account the following: whether the complainant wishes to be reinstated; whether it is practicable for the employer to comply with an order for reinstatement; and where the complainant caused or contributed to his dismissal whether it would be just to order his reinstatement