LRD Booklets January 2017

Case law at work - 13th edition

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 [pages 5-6] (781 words)

This is the 13th edition of Case Law at Work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and ...
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Chapter 1

1. The employment law system
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Nearly all tribunal claims must be brought within three months of the matter complained of. Tribunals can extend the time limit in an unfair ...
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Claim could proceed despite wrong employer name on Acas EC form

 [ch 1: pages 8-10] (847 words)
Mist v Derby Community Health Services NHS Trust [2016] UKEAT/0170/15/MC

Change in respondent did not need a new Acas EC certificate
 [ch 1: pages 10-11] (587 words)
Drake International Systems Ltd & Others v Blue Arrow Ltd (Practice and

Linked complaint could be pursued after Acas EC certificate issued
 [ch 1: pages 12-13] (494 words)
Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd v Morgan UKEAT/0060/16/RN

Solicitor’s mix-up over Acas EC certificate led to lost claim
 [ch 1: pages 13-14] (459 words)
Tanveer v East London Bus & Coach Company Ltd UKEAT/0022/16/RN

Tribunal wrong to rule claims out of time after claimant’s mistake over Acas EC certificate number

 [ch 1: pages 14-15] (764 words)
Adams v British Telecommunications Plc UKEAT/0342/15/LA

No good reason for failing to file unfair dismissal claim in time

 [ch 1: pages 16-17] (608 words)
Sheredes School v Davies UKEAT/0196/16/JOJ

Dropbox file not valid for appeal

 [ch 1: pages 17-18] (368 words)
Majekodunmi v City Facilities Management UK Ltd & Others UKEATPA/0157/15/DA

Tribunal’s warning over potential costs was not bias

 [ch 1: pages 18-19] (833 words)
Hussain v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust UKEAT/0080/16/DM

Chapter 2

2. Categories of worker
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Court interpreters were not “employees”
 [ch 2: pages 20-21] (677 words)
Secretary of State for Justice v Windle & Arada [2016] EWCA Civ 459

Uber drivers are workers entitled to the national minimum wage
 [ch 2: pages 21-23] (778 words)
Aslam & Others v Uber London Limited & Another, Case Nos. 2202550/2015 and others, London Central Employment Tribunal, 28 October 2016

Chapter 3

3. The employment contract
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Employment rights depend, as a minimum, on the presence of an “employment relationship”. There are important legal distinctions between an ...
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Employer vicariously liable for injury caused by non-employee under its control 

 [ch 3: pages 24-26] (644 words)
Cox v Ministry of Justice [2016] UKSC 10

Supermarket vicariously liable for staff attack on customer

 [ch 3: pages 26-27] (584 words)
Mr A M Mohamud (in substitution for Mr A Mohamud, deceased) v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc [2016] UKSC 11

Resignation need not be ‘accepted’ by employer to take effect

 [ch 3: pages 27-28] (509 words)
Wallace v Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd UK EAT/0168/15/JOJ

Sickness procedure could only be changed by agreement

 [ch 3: pages 28-30] (675 words)
Department for Transport v Sparks & Others [2016] EWCA Civ 360

Chapter 4

4. Pay and conditions
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Salary sacrifice vouchers can be stopped during maternity leave 

 [ch 4: pages 31-32] (582 words)
Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Donaldson [2016] UKEAT/0249/15/DM

Commission must be included when calculating statutory holiday pay

 [ch 4: pages 32-34] (825 words)
British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock & Another [2016] EWCA 983 CA

No compensation for injury to feelings over rest break 

 [ch 4: pages 34-35] (323 words)
Gomes v Higher Level Care Ltd UKEAT/0017/16/RN

Employer guilty over trafficked workers’ pay and conditions 

 [ch 4: pages 35-36] (427 words)
Galdikas & Others v DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd & Others [2016] EWHC 1376 (QB)

Chapter 5

5. Unions and collective organisation
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Were trade union activities the reason for dismissal? 

 [ch 5: pages 37-39] (955 words)
University of Bolton v Corrigan [2015] UKEAT/0408/14/RN

Trade union detriment and burden of proof
 [ch 5: pages 39-41] (1,112 words)
Dahou v Serco Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 832

Chapter 6

6. Discrimination
 [ch 6: pages 42-43] (424 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Immigration status does not equate to race or nationality 
 [ch 6: pages 43-44] (639 words)
Taiwo & Another v Olaigbe & Others [2016] UKSC 31

No need for person to share protected characteristic

 [ch 6: pages 44-45] (398 words)
Noble v Sidhil Ltd & Another [2016] UKEAT/0375/14/DA

Instruction to speak English at work was not discriminatory

 [ch 6: pages 45-46] (428 words)
Kelly v Covance Laboratories Ltd [2015] UKEAT 0186/15

Occupational health adviser’s knowledge of disability not ‘imputed’ to dismissal-decider
 [ch 6: pages 46-48] (665 words)
Gallop v Newport City Council [2016] UKEAT/0118/15/DM

Manual lifting is a ‘normal day-to-day’ activity

 [ch 6: pages 48-49] (525 words)
Banaszczyk v Booker Ltd [2016] UKEAT/0132/15/RN

Duty to make adjustments applies to sickness absence procedures 

 [ch 6: pages 49-50] (663 words)
Griffiths v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 1265

Adjustments only “reasonable” if return to work on the cards
 [ch 6: pages 51-52] (844 words)
Monmouthshire County Council v Harris [2015] UKEAT 0010/15

Pay protection for less skilled job was a ‘reasonable adjustment’ 

 [ch 6: pages 53-54] (904 words)
G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Ltd v Powell [2016] EWCA Civ 983

Changes to online test was not a reasonable adjustment
 [ch 6: pages 55-56] (549 words)
Muzi-Mabaso v HM Revenue & Customs [2015] UKEAT 0353/14

Regular requests to work late were a ‘practice’ subject to reasonable adjustment duty
 [ch 6: pages 56-57] (415 words)
Carreras v United First Partners Research UKEAT/0266/15/RN

Application of performance procedure must take disability into account
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Buchanan v The Commissioner of Police of The Metropolis UKEAT/0112/16/RN

Disability was cause of employee’s gross misconduct, even though link was loose
 [ch 6: pages 58-59] (316 words)
Risby v London Borough of Waltham Forest UKEAT/0318/15/DM

Negative reference over disability absence was discriminatory

 [ch 6: pages 59-60] (691 words)
Pnaiser v NHS England & Another [2015] UKEAT 0137/15

No discrimination when employer failed to investigate fabricated allegations

 [ch 6: page 61] (428 words)
Cordant Security Ltd v Singh & Another [2015] UKEAT 0144/15

Formal warning over religious acts was not discriminatory

 [ch 6: pages 62-63] (799 words)
Wasteney v East London NHS Foundation Trust UKEAT/0157/15/LA

Christian unlawfully dismissed over refusal to leave husband
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Pendleton v Derbyshire County Council & Another UKEAT/0238/15/LA

Is belief in proper use of public funds a philosophical belief?
 [ch 6: pages 64-65] (429 words)
Harron v Dorset Police UKEAT/0234/15/DA

Linking of pay to service was not indirect discrimination
 [ch 6: pages 65-67] (615 words)
Naeem v The Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 1264

Age limit in health insurance scheme was not employer’s discrimination
 [ch 6: page 67] (317 words)
Smith v Gartner UK Ltd UKEAT/0279/15/LA

Material differences between comparators explored

 [ch 6: pages 68-69] (505 words)
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust v George UKEAT/0139/15/JOJ

Statistics insufficient to force employer to prove absence of bias
 [ch 6: pages 69-70] (725 words)
Fennell v Foot Anstey LLP UKEAT/0290/15/DM

Need to balance the work-life needs of the rest of the workforce can be a legitimate aim
 [ch 6: pages 71-72] (755 words)
XC Trains Ltd v CD & Others [2016] UKEAT/0331/15/LA

Going rate for uplift in injury to feelings cases is ten per cent
 [ch 6: pages 72-73] (542 words)
Olayemi v Athena Medical Centre & Another UKEAT/0140/15/LA

Claims can be brought against work placement provider
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Blackwood v Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust [2016] EWCA Civ 607

Tribunal can hear discrimination claims against regulatory bodies

 [ch 6: pages 75-76] (564 words)
Michalak v The General Medical Council & Others [2016] EWCA Civ 172

Chapter 7

7. Whistleblowing
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Information, rather than allegation, is key to ‘protected disclosure’

 [ch 7: pages 77-78] (652 words)
Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth UKEAT/0260/15/JOJ

Ignorance may not be bliss over whistleblowing

 [ch 7: pages 78-79] (549 words)
Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti UKEAT/0020/16/RN

Chapter 8

8. Dismissal
 [ch 8: pages 80-81] (541 words)

Employees dismissed unfairly can go to a tribunal if they have been working for the employer for at least two years. Some specific types of dismissal ...
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Dismissal must be communicated in order to be effective
 [ch 8: pages 81-83] (903 words)
Sandle v Adecco UK Ltd UKEAT/0028/16/JOJ

Different treatment justified over different misbehaviour
 [ch 8: pages 83-84] (663 words)
MBNA Ltd v Jones [2015] UKEAT 0120/15/0109

Dismissal without warning for cumulative misconduct lawful

 [ch 8: pages 84-85] (298 words)
Ham v Beardwood Humanities College [2015] UKEAT/0179/15/MC

Flawed final written warning was manifestly inappropriate
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Bandara v British Broadcasting Corporation UKEAT/0335/15/JOJ

A fair dismissal requires a fair reason
 [ch 8: pages 87-90] (1,158 words)
Broecker v Metroline Travel Ltd UKEAT/0124/16/DM

Employer’s belief that worker not entitled to work in UK was genuine

 [ch 8: pages 90-91] (632 words)
Nayak v Royal Mail Group Ltd UKEATS/0011/15/SM

Employer unreasonably raised performance with employee on sick leave
 [ch 8: pages 91-93] (716 words)
Private Medicine Intermediaries Ltd v Hodkinson & Another UKEAT/0134/15/LA

Inappropriate influence on investigatory report made dismissal unfair 

 [ch 8: pages 93-94] (470 words)
Dronsfield v University of Reading UKEAT/0200/15/JOJ

Head teacher fairly dismissed for failing to disclose relationship 

 [ch 8: pages 94-95] (568 words)
A v B Local Authority & Another [2016] EWCA Civ 766

Acas code does not apply to ill-health dismissals

 [ch 8: pages 95-97] (563 words)
Holmes v Qinetiq Ltd [2016] UKEAT/0206/15/BA

Confidentiality of ‘protected conversation’ laws applies to the fact that it took place
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Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP v Bailey UKEAT/0025/16/RN

EAT confirms principles for mitigation of loss

 [ch 8: pages 99-100] (336 words)
Cooper Contracting Ltd v Lindsey [2015] UKEAT/0184/15/JOJ

Compensation should not have been cut over criminal acts 

 [ch 8: pages 100-101] (364 words)
Carter v Aulds Bakeries Ltd [2015] UKEATS/0018/15/SM

Chapter 9

9. Redundancy
 [ch 9: page 102] (177 words)

A redundancy situation exists where an employer closes or intends to close the workplace or reduce the number of employees doing a particular kind of ...
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No implied term in contract over reasonable lay-off period

 [ch 9: pages 102-103] (497 words)
Craig v Bob Lindfield & Son Ltd UKEAT/0220/15/LA

Resignations may count towards redundancy consultation limits

 [ch 9: pages 103-104] (399 words)
Pujante Rivera v Gestora Clubs Dir SL and another [2015] EUECJ C-422/14

Redundancy consultation
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Thomas v BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Ltd UKEAT/0134/16/JOJ

Failure to offer redundancy package was age discrimination

 [ch 9: pages 105-107] (889 words)
Donkor v The Royal Bank of Scotland [2015] UKEAT/0162/15/MC

Employee opting for redundancy package was not dismissed

 [ch 9: pages 107-109] (683 words)
Khan v HGS Global Ltd & Another UKEAT/0176/15/DM

Employer could not avoid redeployment obligations by ending contract
 [ch 9: pages 109-110] (710 words)
Missirlis v Queen Mary University Of London UKEAT/0038/15/LA

Chapter 10

10. Business transfers and contracting out
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The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) are intended to protect the rights of employees on the transfer of ...
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Ruling examines test for whether activity is ‘fundamentally the same’
 [ch 10: pages 111-113] (717 words)
The Salvation Army Trustee Company v Bahi & Others UKEAT/0120/16/RN

Post-transfer events OK to test if ‘short-term’ intentions are genuine
 [ch 10: page 113] (332 words)
ICTS UK Ltd v Mahdi & Others [2015] UKEAT/0133/15/BA

Temporary lay-off does not prevent a TUPE transfer

 [ch 10: pages 114-115] (602 words)
Inex Home Improvements Ltd v Hodgkins & Others [2015] UKEAT /0329/14/JOJ

Temporary cessation of work did not negate transfer

 [ch 10: pages 115-116] (610 words)
Mustafa & Another v Trek Highways Services Ltd & Another UKEAT/0063/15/BA

Tribunal failure over principal purpose of organised grouping

 [ch 10: pages 117-118] (605 words)
Amaryllis Ltd v McLeod & Others UKEAT/0273/15/RN

Chapter 11

11. Monitoring and surveillance
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Employee who lied about fitness for work was fairly sacked
 [ch 11: pages 119-120] (714 words)
Ajaj v Metroline West Ltd UKEAT/0295/15/RN

Right to privacy not engaged with emails sent to work addresses 

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Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust UKEAT/0245/15/DA

Chapter 12

Two trade union recognition cases to watch out for
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In November 2016, the Court of Appeal considered two separate cases of high importance to the issue of trade union recognition on which rulings are ...
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