In the case of Mr G Harvey v Royal Mail Group Ltd Graham Harvey was a postman for more than 25 years. He was based at the Royal Mail's Prestonpans office, near Edinburgh, and worked a primarily rural route. In October 2020 a customer visited the office to make a complaint about Mr Harvey saying that he had removed a piece of chewing gum from his mouth and placed it on a gate lantern at the property. The incident was captured on CCTV footage which was e-mailed to Mr Hanratty, the deputising manager, along with a photograph and a written version of the complaint. The customer’s email described the conduct as “disgusting”. He indicated that he (and his wife) did not wish to make a huge fuss about it.
20 April 2022
Further changes to the Right to Work check process came into effect on 6 April 2022.
Prior to an employee commencing work in the UK, an employer must undertake the RTW check through one of the following
19 April 2022
In the case of Mr Canneaux v Land Science Limited, the employer is a business that provides testing and advice on ground engineering and contaminated land projects. At the time of Mr Canneaux’s dismissal it had about 18 employees. It had very limited administrative resources and did not even have an inhouse HR advisor.
18 April 2022
In the case of Mrs Lynda Walker v Modular Office & Storage Systems Limited Mrs Walker’s employment began in January 2001. She was originally employed to undertake general administrative work and tele-sales, but her role gradually encompassed that of the office manager. She was one of 6 full-time employees, which included the two directors.
15 April 2022
In Mrs G Long v British Gas Trading Limited a lawyer has won a sex discrimination case after she was made redundant when her female bosses decided she had been 'less focused' since going part time after having triplets. Mrs Long had been working part-time ever since giving birth to her three children and was criticised for her 'focus', despite covering two people's roles while only doing three days a week.
14 April 2022
In the case of Mrs Regnante v Essex Cares Limited, Bridget Regnante worked for Essex Care Limited who work on behalf of Local Authorities providing care and equipment to people in their homes. It is a large company with over a thousand staff. Mrs Regnante was based in their Worthing office and she was there for about five years until her resignation in April 2020. She enjoyed her role and it was about five minutes’ walk from home.
13 April 2022
Employers should be well-informed when it comes to the wellbeing of their staff and know where and when their legal responsibility begins and ends. During the pandemic, the issue of the safety of the commute to work arose in light of the risk that travelling to work could expose an employee to harm from coronavirus particularly if they were travelling at peak times. However, the responsibilities of employers are much wider than putting measures in place to try to protect their staff from the virus, and they impact some sectors more directly than others.
12 April 2022
In the case of Mrs A Harding v Oldham College Amy Harding was employed by the College as a Student Data and Curriculum Compliance Officer. The College has a zero-tolerance policy in respect of illegal drugs on college premises. An employment tribunal heard concerns had been raised about a smell of cannabis around Miss Harding by her line manager, Sharon Figgins.
11 April 2022
In Mr Gary Murray v SP Transmission Mr Murray worked for Scottish Power as a Linesperson. His work involved the maintenance and repair of high-powered electrical distribution lines, cables and systems, plus emergency repairs. This included inspecting overhead power lines and working at height on transmission towers.
8 April 2022
In the case of Mr C Kelly v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd Mr Kelly’s employment with Sainsburys as a trainee manager began in March 2000. He was promoted to duty manager in 2002 and appeared to have good prospects. Unfortunately, in 2004, Mr Kelly was involved in a serious road traffic accident. He was in an induced coma for about a month and remained in hospital for a number of months thereafter.
7 April 2022