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  • 5 May 2015
    Employment law isn’t always stacked in the favour of employees you know. Chadburn made up race discrimination allegations to inflate her claim against Doncaster NHS foundation Trust and in doing so the Trust invested an additional £35K in defending itself. The Employment Appeal Tribunal took a dim view and awarded £10K costs against Chadburn, ignoring her pleas that she was £4k in debt and couldn’t afford to pay.

  • 1 May 2015
    In Shrestha v Genesis Housing Association Ltd, (Court of Appeal) S, the employee was found to have been fairly dismissed for claiming almost twice the mileage recommended by the AA and RAC route-finders for the journeys he had been claiming. This case centred on the all-important matter of the quality of the disciplinary investigation, which S claimed was flawed.

  • 23 Apr 2015
    In the Court of Appeal case of Way Vs Spectrum Property Care Ltd, a final warning given in ‘bad faith’ and later relied on by the employer to dismiss an employee for a subsequent unrelated offence proved fatal to the employer’s defence. This case highlights the importance not just of the quality of the dismissal and appeal process, but also of the previous stages.

  • 22 Apr 2015
    In small companies it isn’t always easy to carry out investigations or performance/absence reviews, sometimes because of workload, sometimes because of the closeness of the working environment. It’s critical that processes are completed thoroughly and properly – an otherwise fair dismissal can be ruined by the lack of a decent process. We can take away all of the stress and workload and carry out these processes on your behalf.

  • 16 Apr 2015
    The General Election will influence the number of employment tribunal cases in the UK – these have taken a dramatic tumble since the coalition government introduced fees of £1200 (in England) to bring unfair dismissal cases – the number of single claims has dropped 76% (you can read more in are article here)…..but can you guess which parties are likely to send them back on the up again? To find out the intentions of the Tories, Labour, LibDems UKIP and the Greens read the full article...