Initial reaction to the introduction of the national living wage

Further to my previous blog post about the introduction of the national living wage (NLW), I was interested to read that not all of us think the effective increase to the national minimum wage will have a positive impact on the UK or its employees. You will by now probably be aware that larger businesses…

insufficient investigation made dismissal unfair

Employers should take care to investigate allegations of dishonesty involving breach of trust particularly carefully, suggests the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Stuart v London City Airport. Mr Stuart was one of 430 ground services employees at London City Airport who was dismissed for gross misconduct. It was alleged that he had gone to a duty…

termination payments: a trap for employers

A Ms. O’Farrell worked for Publicis Consultants UK Ltd. Her contract provided for three months’ notice.  She was made redundant in May 2009 and was provided with statutory redundancy pay and holiday pay. Her dismissal letter also said that she would receive an ex-gratia payment equivalent to three months’ salary (£20,625) free of Tax and NI…

Termination of employment status, or termination of employment contract, or both? A conundrum.

Strange as it might sound, it is possible for one’s status as an employee to end in circumstances that do not terminate one’s contract of employment. This was the thorny issue in Société Générale London Branch v Geys, decided by the Court of Appeal on 30 March 2011. In that case, it was crucial to…