Autumn is rolling in nicely and we're enjoying the season's colours. This month we bring you news of a religious discrimination claim heard at ET that centred around lies and beliefs. But who had the evidence and what was the outcome? We also report a claim of unfair dismissal following a redundancy. This highlights how one small error can be hugely expensive in defence costs alone. Our final case relates to restrictive covenants - is this clause enforceable, and is it reasonable? How do yours shape up? Our Diary section, as ever, has key dates including, following on from the success of the first, our second FREE HR SURGERY. Secure your slot - perhaps for seasonal related questions. Our Top Tip focuses on poor performance while we hope our Through for the Day will raise a wry smile - it's our favourite at the moment!
Christian employee claims discrimination alleging he was required to lie
This dismissed employee made a Employment Tribunal claim against his former employer citing religious discrimination on the grounds that he was required to lie to potential customers, and that was against his Christian beliefs. ET decisions are sometimes surprising - read the outcome of this case here ...
Was this case unfair dismissal following redundancy, or not?
This Council thought they'd managed to get a redundancy process correct - but, found themselves at ET after failing to distribute one redrafted document, and passing on one piece of information which, it was claimed, led to unfair dismissal. But, according to the ET, did it? Read the decision here ...
If you have restrictive covenant clauses, are they enforceable?
Do you sleep easy at night knowing that your employment contracts have good restrictive covenants clauses? (If they have none, please, give us a ring today!). For those who have clauses, are they correct, suitable, relevant and importantly actually enforceable? Read this case that sheds some light on this court's thinking (although we should note, the whole subject is up in the air in other courts, including the Supreme Court).
Free HR phone-in Surgery
We've decided to repeat our successful free HR Surgery to allow those who didn't get a slot last time to try again. Last time, questions ranged from redundancy, poor performance, suitable questions for interview, grievances, and much more. Maybe you have questions about sickness which can increase in winter? Circle 1st November in your diary and find out how to book your slot here.
Thought for the day
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