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Sacked by Zoom – is it legal and what is the right way?

Last year P&O Ferries made headlines when they dismissed 800 of their staff on a Zoom call. The method used by P&O caused outrage as it was a video call to read out the pre-determined outcome, without any warning or consultation first. From a legal perspective, there’s nothing wrong with using Zoom or any other platform in this context, but it's the dismissal without warning which creates legal issues. Employers should focus on ensuring a meaningful consultation process is followed, whilst considering how you can support those who do move on.

Article by: Anthony Purvis - Partner, Waterfront Law 20 January 2023

Bank’s chief risk officer wins unfair dismissal claim after whistleblowing

In Mr M Daniels v United National Bank Ltd Mr Daniels had been in charge of assessing and mitigating regulatory, competitive and technological threats to United National Bank in the UK. His role was a regulated position with individual accountability under the senior managers and certification regime, and his appointment had to be approved by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 18 January 2023

The importance of time limits in an employment tribunal

In Concentrix CVG Intelligent Contact v Miss D Obi the employment tribunal found that the claimant had been sexually harassed by her line manager on three separate occasions. It went on to find that these three incidents amounted together to conduct extending over a period, and accordingly time for presenting a complaint to the tribunal in respect of all of them ran from the date of the last incident. Calculating limitation in that way, these complaints had been presented one day out of time. The tribunal decided it was just and equitable to extend time.

Article by: The importance of time limits in an employment tribunal 16 January 2023

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12 Glasgow carers win £40k compensation after charity stopped paying wages

A Glasgow care charity has been ordered to pay more than £40,000 to 12 employees who stopped receiving their wages. The Multicultural Elderly Care Centre, based in Kelvingrove College in the west end, stopped paying wages or furlough to the workers at various points in July 2021.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 12 January 2023