Tags: Dismissal

Only a third of HR Directors conduct exit interviews

The benefits of exit interviews for the workplace are well understood by UK HR directors, according to a survey of 200 HR directors across small, medium, and large organisations, from OfficeTeam UK, a division of Robert Half.  The vast majority (95%) of HR directors said they believe that exit interviews are either ‘sometimes’ or ‘very’ beneficial…

Why employers face a LinkedIn minefield

Social media sites such as LinkedIn are increasingly being used by employers to develop business and create new opportunities in the workplace. According to Rosling King LLP, whilst LinkedIn is undoubtedly a valuable business and marketing tool, the risk that employees will use LinkedIn to compete with their employer following termination, exposes employers to a…

Government plans to make it easier to fire staff

The Conservative Chairman, Grant Shapps, has claimed that employers are forced to come up with “disingenuous” reasons to dismiss staff because UK employment laws are too restrictive and stacked in favour of the employee. Indicating that a Conservative party Government would make it easier for companies to fire underperforming workers, Shapps said: “In the next…

Employee wins tribunal over Facebook comments dismissal

A building company driver who was sacked for posting Facebook comments about the firm’s vehicle maintenance failings has won an unfair dismissal claim against his former employers. Niall Kass was working for Perthshire company, Gillies and Mackay Ltd, when the police stopped his vehicle and issued him with a £60 fixed penalty after discovering the…

House of Lords approved the Common’s amendments to the ’employee shareholder’

Following the House of Lords this morning approving the Commons’ amendments to the controversial ‘employee shareholder’ scheme, James Hall, Associate at Charles Russell LLP, commented: “In a rapid turnaround, the House of Lords this morning approved the Commons amendments to the controversial ’employee shareholder’ employment status so beloved of the current Government.  Due to be inserted…

Apprentice winner loses dismissal case against Lord Sugar

Stella English, a former winner of television show, The Apprentice, has lost her tribunal claim against Lord Sugar for constructive dismissal. It was revealed that the tribunal’s decision was unanimous against English and the Judge ruled that “this was a claim that should never have been brought”. In March, Lord Alan Sugar told the Employment…

Government amends the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

The Government has announced that it will amend the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill to remove the two-year qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims where the alleged reason for dismissal is political opinion or affiliation, to take account of the European Court of Human Rights decision in Redfearn v United Kingdom. In this case, a…

Employee says she was dismissed for starting a relationship

A female solicitor has told an Employment Tribunal that she was sacked for starting a new relationship. Kate Baker has filed claims of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal and in her statement to Exeter Tribunal judge, Christopher Carstairs, she said: “Mr Lingard on many occasions told me that he did not want me…

Eversheds comment: ECHR rules UK employees are not adequately protected from political affiliation dismissals

The European Court of Human Rights has this morning ruled that UK law does not give adequate protection to employees, including BNP members, who are dismissed because of their political affiliations. Audrey Williams, partner and discrimination law expert at global law firm Eversheds, says: “The government is likely to ask for the case to be…

Kathryn Dooks & Michael Cashman: Conservatives to achieve “no fault dismissals” by the back door?

At the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, the Chancellor George Osborne announced plans for a new employment status: “owner-employee”. Owner-employees would be issued shares in the company they work for in exchange for waiving some of their UK employment rights. Any gain arising on a disposal of these shares would not be subject to capital gains…

Are Vince Cable’s proposals on employment law going to make it easier to dismiss staff?

Expert comment on proposed changes to employment law, from Jane Crosby, Solicitor at Hart Brown Vince Cable announced that he is intending to begin a consultation process on three main issues to do with employment law which are employment tribunal fees, reducing the cap on unfair dismissal awards and looking at ways to encourage settlement…

Pilots sacked for row mid-flight were fairly dismissed

An Employment Tribunal has ruled that two pilots, sacked after arguing during a flight from Devon to Spain, were fairly dismissed. Captain Stephen Bird and First Officer Stephen Akers were dismissed by Flybe after arguing in the cockpit. Exeter Tribunal heard that as well as name-calling, Captain Bird ignored his co-pilot’s request to avoid bad…