Emilie Bennetts: Misconduct outside work – a fair dismissal?

Gross misconduct in the workplace or during working time is a well-known reason for dismissal. Due to better technology such as smartphones, meaning that employees’ work and private lives are increasingly blurred, and to the rise in popularity of social media, it is no longer the case that employees’ work and personal lives are completely…

Emilie Bennetts and Katie Ellis: A fair gross misconduct dismissal – what is the test?

Luis Suarez’s bite during a World Cup game against Italy earned him a nine match and four month ban from football as well as a fine, although of course he is not employed by FIFA. What would have been the likely consequences if he had been in a traditional employment relationship? Assault or violence are…

Emilie Bennetts: Getting the most out of your workforce without encouraging exploitation

Last month Jamie Oliver attracted attention by launching a critical attack on the work ethic of young British workers, saying that they aren’t prepared to work hard, that the maximum 48 hour working week imposed by the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) is “only half a week’s work” and that if it weren’t for European…