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Court of Appeal Upholds Entitlements of Employee on Long-Term Sick Leave

Many employers offer their staff the benefit of insurance-backed income protection schemes that provide them with financial security in the event of long-term illness. The legal effect of one such scheme came under analysis by the Court of Appeal in a case concerning an engineer who had been on sick leave for well over a decade. The engineer went on sick leave in 2009, suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, and had been off work continuously ever since. Throughout all but the first 13 weeks…


Categories: Employment Law, Employment Law for Employees, Contract,
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General

HMRC are Clawing Back Furlough Payments Made in Error

It will come as no surprise to hear that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is making stern efforts to claw back sums paid in error under the COVID-19 furlough scheme. As one case showed, however, that process has left some reputable and entirely honest employers caught between a rock and a hard place. The case concerned two workers who started employment with a furniture company in late February 2020. Because they were taken on so late in the month, they were not paid for the first time until 26…


Categories: General, Business News, Employment Law, Employment Law for Employers, Business Tax,
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Employment Law

Are You Sure Your Employee’s Misbehaviour is Not Disability-Related?

You may be justified in dismissing a misbehaving employee but, before doing so, it is always essential to ask yourself whether their conduct may arise from a disability. An Employment Tribunal (ET) powerfully made that point in upholding a diabetic hotel worker’s disability discrimination claim. The employee, who suffered from insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes, admitted that his behaviour in the six months he worked at the hotel was sometimes poor. He was dismissed following an incident in…


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Health and Safety

Aircraft Dismantler Injured in Gas Explosion Wins Right to Full Compensation

If you suffer an accident at work, personal injury lawyers can be relied upon to do all in their power to ensure you are fully compensated. That was certainly so in the case of a workman who was dreadfully injured in an explosion whilst dismantling a redundant aircraft. The man was working on an airfield where three large planes – two 747s and a DC-8 – were being taken apart at the end of their operational lives. He was using an angle grinder to slice through a panel on the DC-8 when the blade…


Categories: Health and Safety, Personal Injury,
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General

Employment – The COVID-19 Chickens are Coming Home to Roost

Many businesses confronted by the existential crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic took swift steps to shed staff. However, as an Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling showed, the requirements of employment law were not suspended and, for those who failed to comply with them, the chickens are now coming home to roost. The case concerned a graphic designer who was made redundant a few days after the first lockdown came into force. His employer, a small company, experienced a precipitous decline in sales…


Categories: General, Employment Law, Employment Law for Employees, Employment Law for Employers,
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Employment Law

Collective Bargaining Agreements and Direct Inducements to Employees

The ability of trade unions to negotiate effectively on their members’ behalf would be greatly diminished if employers were permitted to bypass collective bargaining agreements and offer inducements directly to employees. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) made that point in a ruling which stands as a warning to employers. The case concerned sometimes acrimonious pay negotiations between employers on an industrial site and their unionised workforce. A collective bargaining agreement was in…


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