John McCririck loses age discrimination claim

The racing pundit John McCririck yesterday lost his employment tribunal claim for age discrimination against Channel 4 and IMG Media Ltd.  The 73 year old was axed from the television coverage in 2012 after a new team took over following the acquisition of all UK horse racing events by Channel 4. The television pundit claimed … Read more

Employment Tribunals: How to deal with non payment of award

Following the recent publication of research by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (“BIS”)  which stated that only 64% of successful Claimants recovered compensation following an Employment Tribunal decision[1] the Government has accepted that this has got to change. One problem that we occasionally encounter is when the Employer ceases to trade their limited … Read more

Why employers need to consider their holiday policy

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 you are entitled to 5.6 weeks holiday a year (including bank holidays) however if an employment lawyer has been used for drafting the contract it is fairly standard that you are not allowed holiday to be carried over from one year to the next. If your employer is rather … Read more

Incentivised Whistleblowing: Will it make a difference?

Employment lawyers across the UK will have to consider what the effect of incentivised whistle blowing could have on their workload. As there are murmurings that the Government is potentially looking to introduce some financial reward for successful whistle blowing. At present there is no financial reward for an employee to report any complaint to … Read more

Incompetent employer does not necessarily make a dismissal unfair.

Employment solicitors who act for respondents are probably all breathing a sigh of relief following a decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The case in question (Osoba v Chief Constable of Herts) related to a claim for unfair dismissal and age discrimination following a redundancy proceedings. The issue in this case revolved around the scoring … Read more

Case Study: Unlawful Deduction of Wages when you’re on call.

In 2011 we acted on behalf of a client, an interesting claim against Whitbred Plc. Our client was advancing two distinct claims and was successful, at the Employment Tribunal, with one of them, namely his claim for unlawful deduction from wages. This case serves as an important reminder to hotel workers and certain staff who … Read more

Case Study: Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal. A Witness can make all the difference.

We were consulted by an individual who felt that he had been unfairly selected for redundancy. His employer, a large manufacturing company, decided to restructure one of its factory operations and as part of this process, having taken advice from its Human Resources department, it decided that, once it had created the new structure, it … Read more

Case Study: Caught in the act but a victim of entrapment

Tom Street & Co were recently instructed to assist a young man in connection with an unfair dismissal claim he wished to advance against his former employers. His employers were a high street retailer. He was dismissed for gross misconduct in connection with the alleged theft of extremely low-value items in this case, confectionary items. … Read more

Case Study: Unlawful Deduction from Wages and Failure to Pay the Minimum Wage

We were instructed to represent a young lady who worked in a hair salon. She was taken on with the promise of an “apprenticeship” and paid a very low salary of £30 per day on the assumption, possibly naively on her part, that she would receive some form of apprenticeship or training to advance her … Read more