Redundancy pay - contractual, statutory and the £25,000 cap

Statutory redundancy pay doesn’t count towards the £25,000 cap on contractual claims in the employment tribunal as it is a separate cause of action – one is contractual and subject to a £25,000 cap and the other is statutory which is not subject to the cap.

Rest breaks: threat to dismiss was unlawful detriment

A worker, who had been denied a rest break and who was subsequently threatened with dismissal following his refusal to return to work, suffered an unlawful detriment.

Vegetarianism is not a philosophical belief

Vegetarianism is a ‘lifestyle choice’ and, as such, not a belief which qualifies for protection under the Equality Act.

Privilege: don't be tempted to cherry pick

An employer had waived privilege in advice about dismissal and so couldn’t cherry pick which parts of the advice it disclosed.

Suspension was not warranted and breached implied term of trust and confidence

Suspending an employee accused of gross misconduct breached the implied term of trust and confidence leading to an unfair constructive dismissal and if an employer wants to argue that the employee has been dismissed for a fair reason, they must specifically set this out in their defence.

Pay and holiday variation accepted by conduct

An employee had accepted, by her subsequent conduct, collectively agreed changes to pay and holiday arrangements that had been in place for several years.

Employee shareholder status

Someone who validly becomes an ‘employee shareholder’ did not revert to ‘employee’ status when he later concluded a service agreement with his employer.

Whistleblowing and anticipated disclosures

It is unlawful to subject an individual to a detriment or dismiss them on the grounds that the employer perceived them to be considering making a protected disclosure.

Holiday pay for those with irregular hours

A zero hours, term-time employee’s holiday pay should not have been capped at 12.07% of her annualised hours as suggested in ACAS guidance but rather calculated using the 12-week averaging method in the Working Time Regulations.

Illegality and breach of immigration rules

A breach of the immigration rules did not mean that an employment contract was unenforceable.

AWR do not confer right to same contractual hours of work

An agency worker’s right to equal treatment in relation to the ‘duration of working time’ under the Agency Workers Regulations does not entitle him or her to the same number of contractual hours as a directly recruited comparator.

TUPE and minimum wage records

The duty to maintain wage records under the minimum wage legislation transfers to the transferee upon a relevant transfer.

Constructive knowledge where employee hides disability

An employer did not have constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability where the employee hid her disability and would have continued to hide it on further inquiry.

Making covert recordings at work

An employee making a covert recording at work may be guilty of misconduct.

Sharing offensive image on Facebook was not done 'in the course of employment'

The posting of a racially offensive image via a personal Facebook account was not done ‘in the course of employment’ and was therefore not an action for which the employer could be vicariously liable.

Perceived disability

A police officer, who was turned down for a transfer because her hearing loss was marginally below the medical standard for police recruitment, had suffered direct discrimination because of a perceived disability.

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