Contents tagged with Code of Conduct

  • Dismissal Unfair Despite Calling a Colleague a "Knob-Head"

    Tags: UKEmpLaw, Employment Law, ACAS, Code of Conduct, Dismissed, Dismissal, Gross Misconduct, Disciplinary, Union Representative, Employment Tribunal, Judgement, Case Law

    This recent case highlights the importance of following the ACAS code of conduct when dealing with disciplinary matters correctly, before dismissing an employee.

    The employee, Mrs Smith, was dismissed for gross misconduct for emailing a colleague referring to another colleague as a “knob-head”.  Her first disciplinary hearing was postponed when she was ill, but her employer refused to postpone the re-arranged meeting when her union representative was unable to attend. The Employment Tribunal rendered the dismissal “unfair procedurally and fatally flawed”. 

    Mrs Smith was found to have been unfairly dismissed and awarded over £20,000. 

    Read the full judgement here

    If you need any help and advice in relation to a disciplinary matter, please … more

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  • 3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (18 April 2019)

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Unlawful Deductions, Overtime

    Holland & Barrett Employee Wins Overtime Case

    A tribunal has ruled that Holland & Barrett made unlawful deductions from the pay of an employee who was required to carry out tasks beyond his contracted hours.

    Mr Fitz was employed as a supervisor and was required to cover for the store manager if they were absent. This required opening the store in the morning and closing the store in the evening, among other tasks that needed to be completed during opening hours.

    Closing the store involved four stages: closing the tills on the shop floor; reconciling the tills in the back office; closing the register and locking up the store, all of which Holland & Barrett told the tribunal took a few minutes. However, Fitz claimed that he also had to undertake other additional tasks at the … more

    

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