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Whistleblowing in the Public Interest – Court of Appeal Test Case

Workplace whistleblowers only enjoy the protection of the law if the disclosures they make are in the public interest – but what exactly does that mean? The Court of Appeal has analysed that issue for the first time in a vital test case. The case concerned an estate agent who feared that his earnings would be gravely depleted by a change in his employer’s...

Car Repair Shop Manager Pays for Health and Safety Incompetence

Health and safety in the workplace must be taken seriously and a failure to do so can have severe consequences. In one case, a car repair shop manager’s woefully inadequate performance in that respect meant that he was entitled to zero compensation, notwithstanding his unfair dismissal. The man had worked for the same company for more than 40 years and its...

Retirement Can Be a Sensitive Subject – Avoid Age Discrimination!

Employee retirement is a sensitive issue that needs extremely careful handling in the light of age discrimination laws. The point was underlined by one case in which a veteran solicitor claimed that he had been forced to resign after being frozen out by his younger colleagues. The man, in his 60s, was a director and shareholder of an incorporated legal practice...

Personality Clashes at Work? Don’t Deflect the Issue!

Personality clashes at work are sadly anything but rare, but employers are under a duty to take reasonable steps to resolve such issues before they get out of hand. In one case where that signally failed to happen, a veteran teacher won the right to compensation for the psychiatric injury he suffered. The man had enjoyed a happy and successful teaching career...

Staff Pregnancies – Don’t Let Frustration Lead You into Discrimination!

Staff pregnancies can be disruptive, particularly for small businesses, but it is vital that employers do not allow their decision-making to become infected by discrimination. In one case, a hair stylist who was dismissed after she took time off, suffering from morning sickness, won the right to substantial compensation. The stylist was a trusted and senior...

Acas Advice for Employers on Coping in High Temperatures

On the whole, we are not accustomed in the UK to long periods of hot weather, so when high temperatures do occur employers may not be prepared to deal with situations that arise as a result. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for employers on this topic. This includes information on employers’ health and safety...