Was an employee who resigned as a result of a restructuring exercise constructively unfairly dismissed? – 3PB

Posted August 11th, 2020 in constructive dismissal, news, redundancy, unfair dismissal by sally

‘In a restructuring exercise the Respondent employer had sought to “map” the Claimant into a new role and did not treat her as redundant. The Claimant did not agree that her original role mapped to the new role and did not believe the new role was suitable for her. She considered it a role with lower status, fewer senior responsibilities, and a change of job content; she did not believe that it was 70% similar to her existing job. She resigned in protest, claiming constructive unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and a redundancy payment. The ET found that the new role was significantly different to the old role, and that the Respondent had breached the implied term of trust and confidence when it failed to consult, failed properly to assess the roles, and failed properly to address the Claimant’s grievance and appeal. The employer appealed. The EAT found that the ET was entitled to find that the Claimant was constructively dismissed. However, in finding that the dismissal was unfair, the ET had failed to direct itself that this was a separate issue, failed to address the issue of reason for dismissal and fairness, and/or failed to give proper reasons for its conclusion that the dismissal was unfair. There was, in fact, no disagreement between the parties that, if there was a dismissal, the reason was redundancy. The case would be remitted to the ET (to the same Employment Judge) to determine whether the dismissal on grounds of redundancy was unfair. The claims of wrongful dismissal and for a redundancy payment remained to be heard in the ET.’

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3PB, 3rd August 2020

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Redundancy pay to be protected for furloughed workers – BBC News

Posted July 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, news, redundancy, remuneration by sally

‘Furloughed workers losing their jobs will be eligible for redundancy pay based on their normal wages – not the furlough rate – from Friday.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2020

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What is redundancy, who can be made redundant and what are my rights? – BBC News

Posted July 24th, 2020 in coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy by sally

‘Job losses are climbing as businesses feel the financial effects of the coronavirus crisis.

What are your rights if you are made redundant?’

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BBC News, 24th July 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Redundancy: Principles and Calculations Revisited – 33 Bedford Row

Posted July 10th, 2020 in chambers articles, company law, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy by sally

‘This article has been prepared by two barristers at 33 Bedford Row outlining the basic principles in relation to redundancy as well as calculation of any redundancy payment.’

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33 Bedford Row, 30th June 2020

Source: www.33bedfordrow.co.uk

Covid-19: What Are My Redundancy Rights? – Each Other

Posted July 8th, 2020 in company law, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy by sally

‘In the past week, thousands of people have lost their jobs across the UK due to the impact of Covid-19.’

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Each Other, 7th July 2020

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Chancery Lane demands action to clear employment tribunals backlog – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Law Society has called for action to be taken to clear a backlog of cases in employment tribunals ahead of an anticipated “avalanche” of post-COVID claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd June 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Employment lawyers should brace for advice rush – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2020 in citizens advice bureaux, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy by sally

‘Employment lawyers could be about to see a surge in enquiries, with data from Citizens Advice showing that people are becoming increasingly concerned about redundancy.’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

UK airlines launch legal battle over Covid-19 quarantine ruling – The Guardian

‘Britain’s three biggest airlines have started legal proceedings against the government in a bid to overturn quarantine rules due to take effect in the UK from Monday.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2020

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Changes to terms and conditions; Individual and Collective Redundancy Consultation – 3PB

‘With employees starting to return to work (be that on a part-time basis or otherwise) and employers continuing to assess the viability of their businesses as going concerns, how might employers make changes to an employees’ contractual terms lawfully in order to avoid redundancies, for instance agreeing a reduction in wages?’

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3PB, 2nd June 2020

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Shut-down firm ordered to pay former staff £375,000 – Legal Futures

‘A law firm shut down by its regulator last year has been ordered to pay former staff £375,000 for multiple employment law breaches.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Return To Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic – Navigating Through The Employment Law Minefield – Hardwicke Chambers

‘With the recent announcement that lockdown measures are to be eased, and those who cannot work from home should return to work, we are likely to see a greater proportion of the workplace slowly return to work. The Prime Minister has announced that those in construction and manufacturing, scientific research, logistics and food production should return to work, once their employers have confirmed that it is safe for them to do so and set a “road-map” for the re-opening of shops, restaurants and other venues as well as workplace specific guidance for working safely during coronavirus.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 14th May 2020

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First update on collective consultation: defining the triggers – Littleton Chambers

‘In the first of what is planned to be five updates on collective consultation under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, David Reade QC and Daniel Northall examine the employer’s proposal for redundancy and the start of collective consultation.’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th May 2020

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Redundancy and Coronavirus: Picking up the Pieces – Six Pump Court

Posted May 15th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy by sally

‘Clearly recent events have had a huge impact on business and substantial changes to the nature and size of workforces is expected which will, unfortunately, require consideration of redundancies.’

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Six Pump Court, 11th May 2020

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Redundancy and Coronavirus: Picking up the Pieces – Six Pump Court

‘Clearly recent events have had a huge impact on business and substantial changes to the nature and size of workforces is expected which will, unfortunately, require consideration of redundancies.’

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Six Pump Court, 11th May 2020

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Mass Redundancy in a Covid-Crisis: Don’t Forget the Basics – Thomas More Chambers

Posted April 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, emergency powers, employment, news, redundancy by sally

‘Employers looking to make 20 or more employees redundant must comply with rigorous procedural safeguards under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULRCA”). Although the disruption caused by Covid-19 may force many employers to suddenly and unexpectedly consider a collective redundancy exercise, these safeguards remain unchanged by HM Government’s recent emergency legislation. Failure to follow the correct procedure can expose employers to liability for protective awards, although the current pandemic may well assist in establishing a defence of “special circumstances”.’

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Thomas More Chambers, 16th April 2020

Source: www.thomasmore.co.uk

Covid 19 Employment Law Series: Insolvent Employers, Redundancy, and Covid 19 – Parklane Plowden

Posted April 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, insolvency, news, redundancy by sally

‘Covid 19 has already had a tragic impact upon the health of many in the UK. One notable other consequence however, has been the impact upon the British economy.’

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Parklane Plowden, 3rd April 2020

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Covid-19: Furlough and job retention: Key issues for Employment Lawyers – Cloisters

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy, remuneration by sally

‘Employers are making difficult choices at this time in situations which have never affected their workplaces before. As fresh guidance is issued and new headlines emerge, the next legal queries evolve.’

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Cloisters, 30th March 2020

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Furlough and lay-off against the background of Covid-19 / Coronavirus – 4 New Square

‘A new term has entered the employment lexicon: furloughing. What does it mean and how does it relate to the longer established concept of laying-off? Are employers better placed to take advantage of the government’s scheme for paying furloughed employees or to consider laying off their staff or making them redundant?’

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4 New Square, 25th March 2020

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Disability Discrimination: Chief Constable of Gwent Police v Parsons and Roberts – Old Square Chambers

‘The Claimants were two police officers aged 48 and 44 who were disabled under Equality Act 2010 (EqA). Because they were also unable to carry out the normal duties of a police officer, they were both awarded “H1 certificates” by the Force Medical Officer, which among other things, gave them the right to have immediate access to their pension (which would otherwise be deferred) if they left the police force before their normal retirement age.’

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Old Square Chambers, 3rd March 2020

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Liz Earle beauty firm ordered to pay £17k to sacked pregnant worker – BBC News

‘A woman who was sacked by a beauty company when she was eight months pregnant has been awarded more than £17,000 by an employment tribunal.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2020

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