Tag Archives: employment tribunal

Six year delay in claim to UK Tribunal potentially excused by mental health issues

This is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, so here are two brief and totally unrelated perspectives on mental health issues in the workplace. First, a cautionary note for employers in relation to Employment Tribunal proceedings brought by sufferers of serious mental health issues.  In Higgins – v – Home Office decided last week, … Continue Reading

Offensive tattoos in the UK workplace? Come on, be reasonable

I am quite confident that a great many of us have considered the possibility of getting a tattoo.  It may have been during the heady days of youth and only a fleeting fantasy, but a consideration nonetheless.  I will freely admit toying with the idea right up to the moment I realised that ‘inking’ myself … Continue Reading

UK Employment Tribunal awards £3.2m to woman called “Crazy Miss Cokehead” by colleagues

The woman who was called “Crazy Miss Cokehead” by her manager has been awarded nearly £3.2m by an Employment Tribunal for sexual harassment, reportedly including £44,000 for injury to feelings and a further £15,000 in aggravated damages. We originally posted a blog on this story in November 2013 https://www.employmentlawworldview.com/crazy-miss-cokehead-when-banter-goes-too-far/.  Following the liability hearing, the Tribunal … Continue Reading

UK holiday pay decision not as clear-cut as it looks

The long-awaited decision of the Leicester Employment Tribunal in Lock -v- British Gas was issued yesterday.  It confirmed, as everyone knew, that holiday pay would have to include an element in respect of commissions, but it also provides for the first time a steer (using the word advisedly, for it is actually no more than … Continue Reading

Employer not driven to investigate all defences in UK disciplinary process

Some reassuring guidance for employers on the conduct of disciplinary investigations from the Court of Appeal last week – not new law but a clear and helpful analysis of just how far you have to go to investigate an employee’s defence. Mr Shrestha was employed by Genesis Housing Association as a support worker, a role … Continue Reading

UK Government proposals on Employment Tribunal practice suffer serious credibility gap

It wouldn’t happen in professional football. There you are as coach, carefully psyching up your team to a nerve-jangling peak of readiness in the dressing room when one of the match officials trots in to tell you that the other side would actually rather come back and do it in three months, if that’s OK … Continue Reading

“Nine rudest things that interviewers do to job seekers”, sort of

For those looking to inject a bit of spice into 2015’s recruitment programme, and courtesy of financial news website, Hereisthecity.com [link], we present “The nine rudest things that interviewers do to job seekers”. This is on closer review a rather limp selection, not close to the sort of ritual humiliation seen https://www.employmentlawworldview.com/napoleon-walks-hr-tightrope-in-uk-call-centre/ or the breathtakingly … Continue Reading

Performing at your peak – grounds for compulsory retirement in the UK?

Imagine trying to justify your compulsory retirement age on the basis that it represented roughly the point where your employees were performing at their best. Impossible, right?   Not so, said the London Central Employment Tribunal last month in White –v- Ministry of Justice. Hearing the claim of a Circuit Judge that his compulsory retirement at … Continue Reading

Employment Mediations – an Insider’s Guide Part 2

Time in any mediation is often both limited and precious.  Once it is underway there is little time for sorting out the preliminaries.   As a result, it is customary for there to be contact between each of the parties (and/or their representatives) and the mediator(‘s staff) prior to kick-off.  For a judicial mediation arranged through … Continue Reading

Impact of claimant’s dishonesty on injury to feelings compensation

So here is Friday’s teaser – let us suppose that an Employment Tribunal has just decided that you have been sexually harassed by your former boss, that he was fixated by your breasts, habitually stared at them and frequently addressed them while in conversation with you.  He has also touched you, uninvited and unreciprocated, on … Continue Reading

UK Employment Tribunals share your pain. No, really

Obviously when you hold a high judicial office in the UK you have to be very measured in the reports you can make about your function – no ranting tweets here about your boss/service-users/colleagues/coffee, thank you, or that’s your gong firmly down the drain.   Which makes all the more laudable the very clear disgruntlement discernible … Continue Reading

A UK tale of sexy selfies, steamy shower rooms and the WAG wannabe who would not take a hint

Workplace relationships, petites aventures and flirtation between employees are a headache that many employers have to suffer. The management of workplace romance has become increasingly difficult with staff working longer hours and social media often blurring the lines between the professional and personal lives of employees.    This issue was splashed across the press recently when … Continue Reading
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