Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill announced

Arriving hot on the heels of the Beecroft Report, Vince Cable yesterday announced the Government’s “Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill” which  – it is claimed – will make the UK “one of the most enterprise-friendly countries in the world”. The measures were announced as part of the Queen’s Speech earlier this month, and include modifications … Read more

Vince Cable’s BIS team respond to the Beecroft Report

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has responded to the content of the Beecroft Report, which was designed to reduce red tape for employers and improve business growth. Vince Cable, Business Secretary, gave a somewhat underwhelming endorsement of one of the most controversial proposals, the “no-fault dismissal”. Mr Cable said, “One of [the] … Read more

Beecroft proposals on UK employment law cause controversy

The UK Government published the Beecroft Report ahead of schedule this week, following the emergence of a leaked copy. The Government had been due to publish the report later this week but following a leak in the Daily Telegraph, it took the decision to publish early. Further controversy has come to light as there were … Read more

Case Review: Driver of multi-millionaire wins claim for unfair dismissal

In what has become known as the “give a dog a bone” employment case, Ivor James, aged 60, was a driver for multi-millionaire Raymond Mould in Gloucestershire. Mr James was sacked during a 12-minute telephone call from his employer, after he fed a piece of gristle to Mr Mould’s Labrador. He was informed that a … Read more

Employers potentially responsible for Facebook comments made by their staff

Employees should be wary about their use of social media sites such as Facebook, following a recent decision by a tribunal in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Whilst this judgement is not binding on UK employment tribunals (as it was made by a Northern Ireland industrial tribunal) it is an interesting case and useful guidance for similar … Read more

Case Review: Sainsbury’s worker sacked for making quick dash to his car

A baker employed by Sainsbury’s in the West Midlands was sacked from his job after 11 years’ service, for leaving his post for less than two minutes. Sainsbury’s told an employment tribunal in Birmingham that Steven Tyler had left the store without permission, and that they had a strict policy about employees leaving the premises … Read more

Case Review: Aggrieved Staffordshire worker wins £6,835 tribunal payout

Sally Massey, a management accountant for an electrical firm in Staffordshire, won her unfair dismissal claim against her former employer. She claimed she was the only employee not to be offered new employment by a new company on the same site, when the former firm had shut down. An employment tribunal heard that the electrical … Read more

Case Review: Single mother wins unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination claim

Recently, we successfully represented a client who was a single mother, pursuing against her former employer an unfair dismissal claim as well as a sexual discrimination claim. Our client worked as an Office Manager for a Building Services Consultancy, on a part-time basis. As a single mother she had childcare commitments which prevented her from … Read more