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Expectations relevant to covenant enforceability

11th July, 2017

Egon Zehnder Ltd v Mary Caroline Tillman A restrictive covenant is only as useful as it is enforceable. Where there is disagreement over the validity of this type of clause, it is often left to the courts to decide whether or not an employee should be prevented from doing certain things – working with clients,Read more

And Finally…. Sickies – A Thing Of the Past?

11th July, 2017

If you’re a fan of the Peter Kay show, Car Share, you’ll have seen the perfect sickie in the making. John’s car share buddy, Kayleigh, calls into work. She feigns a stomach bug with great aplomb, while John looks on. It’s all part of her plan to lure John, who happens to be the assistantRead more

Disability-related absence didn’t cause redundancy

11th July, 2017

Charlesworth v Dransfields Engineering Services Ltd Mr Charlesworth, a branch manager, took a period of sick leave after developing cancer. His employer had been looking to make cost savings, and during Mr Charlesworth’s absence the business identified the possibility of a restructure that would delete his job and save the business up to £40,000 aRead more

Damages for Redundant Apprentice

11th July, 2017

Kinnear v Marley Eternit Ltd t/a Marley Contract Services Mr Kinnear was taken on by Marley under a four-year apprenticeship during which he was trained in roofing.

The Right to be Accompanied

11th July, 2017

Gnahoua v Abellio London Ltd Employees have the right to be accompanied by a colleague, or a trade union representative or official at a disciplinary hearing. An employer who breaches this could face a tribunal claim and the possibility of having to pay compensation of up to two weeks’ pay.

Psychometric Testing was Discriminatory

11th July, 2017

The Government Legal Service v Brookes Psychometric testing has long been a way of assessing the aptitude of job applicants. But this tick-box test, marked by computers, doesn’t necessarily provide a level playing field.