Tags: Dismissal

New study suggests less than one percent of workers have ever read their contract

Only one in 166 workers in the UK has ever read their contract and understand its contents, according to a study by a Yorkshire-based national employment law consultancy which says that this ignorance has led to disciplinary action and dismissal in hundreds of cases. While workers are protected by a raft of employment laws, the Protecting.co.uk…

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…

Golf club worker awarded £50,000 at tribunal after a “witch-hunt” against her

A grandmother has received a £50,000 payout after being suspended and then sacked from her position as assistant secretary of Aldeburgh Golf Club in Suffolk. Margaret Chadwick was suspended after mentioning to a lady club captain that members were gossiping about her and the club secretary, Bill Beckett. She also went on to say that…

Emma Thomas & Paul Callegari: Ten questions employers should ask before dismissing

As the referee in the recent Premiership match between Arsenal and Chelsea discovered to his cost, dismissing someone is not always as straightforward as it might seem. In this article we address some key points that employers should consider before dismissing in order to minimise any subsequent exposure. Will the protected conversation really be “off…

The involvement of social media, and particularly Twitter, in employee dismissal seems to be on the rise. This has been highlighted in two recent cases which recently hit the world of football in UK and started a debate. Last March football player Nicholas Anelka was dismissed for ‘gross misconduct’ by West Bromwich Albion after using…

Susan Thomas and Will Nash: Can you sack someone in 140 characters?

Everyone – employee and employer alike – knows what misconduct is. It’s stuff your employer doesn’t want you to do. But gross misconduct is an important, altogether trickier, concept. How do you know when misconduct is so serious, it justifies immediate dismissal without notice? What if your policies don’t describe what amounts to gross misconduct?…

Nikki Duncan: Easier to hire or fire?

For the last couple of years the Coalition have been introducing a range of measures designed to allay employer fear about being faced with Tribunal claims. This drive is based on concern that such fear was impeding business growth, with employers too cautious to recruit, and/or to address capability issues in the work force. The…

Two female executives claim they were sacked after rejecting sexual advances

Two female sales executives, Anna Mazover and Diana Nicholl-Pierson have taken their employer, Entico Corporation Ltd, to court after claiming their boss sacked them after they rejected his sexual advances. The pair are seeking £100,000 in compensation for sexual harassment after alleging that the firm’s sales director, Darren Scott, promised them promotion if they slept…

Redundancy remains on the agenda for 2014, says Sue Ziegler of Aeon Solicitors

The International Monetary Fund has predicted that the UK economy will outshine its European counterparts with a 2.4% growth rate in 2014, and the Treasury has stated that the UK has now turned the corner and that the Government’s economic plan is working. Talk of increased confidence is of little comfort, however, for the employees…

Alan H. Palmer: How to deliver bad and really bad news properly

Few of us have the thickness of hide or the liberality of Schadenfreude necessary to be comfortable when making a colleague redundant. That’s as it should be. However rational the capitalist imperative for companies to be efficient and staffed by the best, however sound the arguments at a macro-level, at the micro-level a human being…

Anelka’s own goal: what to do if employees damage your business

Footballer Nicolas Anelka’s recent alleged anti-Semitic gesture has had significant consequences for his club who have lost one sponsor and face the prospect of losing more. What can you do if an employee’s actions cause damage to your business? Background facts After scoring a goal against West Ham United recently, West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas…