WorkLife entries posted during April 2015

Woolworths in Europe – the decision is in

Woolworths in Europe – the decision is in

The ECJ has today handed down its judgment in the Woolworths case, clarifying the term 'establishment' for the purposes of the collective consultation obligations when dealing with large scale redundancies.  For a detailed background to the litigation, please see our previous blog posts: Woolworths: judgement on collective redundancy consultation expected  and Advocate General’s Opinion on collective redundancy consultation published .

…and on that bombshell…

…and on that bombshell…

Love it or loathe it, Top Gear, often criticised for its politically incorrect commentary, is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world. However, its successful run may (as we all know!)  be coming to an end following a row where its presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, punched the producer of the show, allegedly because no hot food was provided following a day’s filming. Following an internal investigation in March, it was confirmed that his contract would not be renewed. In...

Warnings – can they always be relied on?

Warnings – can they always be relied on?

The use of warnings in a fair disciplinary process is a well-established principle (both in case law and the Acas Code of Practice) and employers are usually able to rely on a live final written warning to justify escalating a process to the dismissal stage, even if the current misconduct is unrelated to that which gave rise to the final written warning.  Ultimately, however, a tribunal considering a claim for unfair dismissal will ask itself whether the employer's response fell within the ba...

EAT confirms the whistleblowing 'public interest' test

EAT confirms the whistleblowing 'public interest' test

The recent case of Chestertons v Nurmohamed has provided the first appellate decision to consider the meaning of the words 'in the public interest' which were inserted into whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA 2013).