An employee’s right to privacy – are your emails protected?

One of the most common issues encountered by employers today is whether emails sent by employees are able to be used in disciplinary proceedings against them.  Are they the private property of the employee or can an employer use them as evidence if they have an effect on their employees/the workplace? In the case of…

cases proving costly to the public purse

On 22 July news emerged via BBC Newsnight that Haringey Council accounts show that a payment of £679,452 was made to Sharon Shoesmith. 1) Haringey council accounts are out showing £679,452 settlement w Sharon Shoesmith, first revealed in Oct on #newsnight with @jakemorristw — Allegra Stratton (@BBCAllegra) July 22, 2014 The breakdown reveals salary and…

suspension of employees during disciplinary proceedings and referrals to the police

The case of Crawford and Another v Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, recently considered by the Court of Appeal, appears on its face to be concerned with relatively straightforward issues resulting from dismissals for gross misconduct following alleged mishandling of patients, particularly the deployment of a “safe handling technique” which had caused open skin…