WorkLife: Termination of employment

Our thoughts on the world of employment law - and beyond.

Employers take notice

Employers take notice

Last month, the Supreme Court confirmed in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood that written notice of termination served by an employer does not take effect until the employee has (or has a reasonable opportunity to have) read it.

Teacher dismissed for showing a certificate 18 horror film to 15 year olds has disability finding upheld

Teacher dismissed for showing a certificate 18 horror film to 15 year olds has disability finding upheld

No doubt some of the headlines will be attention-grabbing. A Head of English who was dismissed having shown the horror film “Halloween” (certificate 18) to a class of 15 years olds and who claimed that he did so because of stress has won his disability case in the Court of Appeal, apparently resulting in a large six-figure pay-out.

Can an employee be dismissed for failing to disclose material information? A reminder of the law on unfair dismissal

Can an employee be dismissed for failing to disclose material information? A reminder of the law on unfair dismissal

It is not every day that the Supreme Court concerns itself with matters of employment law, so it is worth commenting on the cases where they do. The most recent one – Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council – concerned the dismissal of a head teacher for failing to disclose her relationship with someone convicted of making indecent images of children.

Whistleblowing and the mind-set of the decision-maker

Whistleblowing and the mind-set of the decision-maker

The recent Court of Appeal case of The Royal Mail -v- Jhuti gives guidance for employers when reaching decisions to dismiss employees in circumstances where the employee has in the past raised protected disclosures. 

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