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Is suspension a breach of trust and confidence?

Can the suspension of an employee amount to a repudiatory breach of contract? This was considered in the High Court case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth. Legal background The term of mutual trust and confidence is implied into all employment contracts.…

Can a ‘joke’ constitute harassment?

A hospital in Shropshire has reportedly turned down a donation from a group of men who raised money by dressing up as female nurses. The men raised £2,500 at an event in Ludlow, Shropshire. However, the Trust refused the money…

Voluntary overtime and holiday pay

The issue of calculating holiday pay continues. In the recent case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and Others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided that the calculation of holiday pay must include payments for voluntary overtime where these…

Employment Tribunal fees – Important update

The Supreme Court has today confirmed that the Tribunal Fees Order which provides that claimants have to pay fees to bring claims in the Employment Tribunal is unlawful and prevents access to justice. Prior to the introduction of the Employment Tribunal…

Whistleblowing – Background to press coverage

The term ‘whistleblower’ is now familiar thanks to ongoing press coverage. The statutory protection brought in for whistleblowers is a result of analysis of various scandals and disasters undertaken by the charity Public Concern at Work. The research found that more…