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Employee Prey to Paranoid Delusions ‘Not Disabled’, Court of Appeal Rules

The statutory definition of ‘disability’ came under close Court of Appeal analysis in an employment case concerning a sales executive plagued by paranoid delusions that he was being followed and constantly monitored by a malign gang of Russians. Following a relationship with a Ukrainian woman, the man developed a belief that he was being tracked in person and in the digital world. He installed CCTV at his home and was nervous about communications technology. He changed his email address at…


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Employment Law

Workplace Disciplinary Proceedings – Empathy and Understanding Required

The critical issue in many employment cases is whether an employee’s dismissal lies within the range of reasonable responses open to the employer. As an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling showed, the answer to that question often depends on the level of empathy and understanding shown in the disciplinary process. The case concerned a university library employee who was working alone behind the reception desk when, as she was entitled to do, she asked a student to show her photo identity…


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Business News

Health and Safety Fines Are Meant to Hurt – Court of Appeal Ruling

Financial penalties imposed on employers for health and safety breaches are meant to hurt and that is why the scale of their business is highly relevant when it comes to sentencing. In a case on point, a company with an annual turnover of about £1.6 billion was fined £640,000 following a factory floor accident. One of the company’s workers was monitoring the operation of a conveyor belt that kept slipping. That part of the belt was unguarded. He said that a cloth he was holding was dragged into…


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Employment Law

Employer’s Hardline Anti-Corruption Policy Passes Legal Test

Many businesses, particularly those that deal with governmental authorities, sensibly have anti-corruption policies in place. One such policy came under close analysis in an employment case concerning a golfing trip provided to a public official. A senior employee of a software company was dismissed for gross misconduct after he authorised payment of the cost of the overseas trip taken by a senior official in a government agency. He subsequently launched Employment Tribunal (ET) proceedings,…


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Disability Discrimination by Association – Guideline EAT Decision

It may sound surprising, but you need not necessarily be disabled in order to suffer disability discrimination. As one case showed, it is legally possible for a non-disabled employee to suffer discrimination by association with a disabled colleague. A sales manager was recruited by a company’s sales and marketing director, who subsequently became disabled due to cancer. After both men were dismissed, the manager launched proceedings, asserting that he had been subjected to direct disability…


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Employment Law

Workplace Drugs Policies – ET Fell into Substitution Trap

When considering whether a dismissal is unfair, Employment Tribunals (ETs) must resist the temptation to substitute their own views for those of the employer. That golden rule came under analysis in a case concerning a worker who was dismissed after testing positive for cannabis. The man, a team leader who worked for a recycling company, had been off work for an extended period, suffering from back pain. He self-medicated with cannabis and failed a random drug test after his return to work. He…


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