12 December 2008
In Royal Bank of Scotland plc v Harrison, EAT/0093/08, the employment appeals tribunal (EAT) held that a disruption to the employee's childcare arrangements was unexpected. She was, therefore, entitled to take time off for dependants, and had suffered a detriment for a prescribed reason for doing so.
In Claridge v Daler Rowney Ltd IRLR 672, the EAT held that, although it is for the tribunal to determine whether or not an employer has committed a repudiatory breach of contract, the employer's handling of the grievance procedure will amount to such a breach only where it falls outside the range of reasonable responses open to the employer.
In HM Prison Service v Ibimidun, the EAT ruled that allegations which are false and not brought in good faith cannot constitute a "protected act" or form the basis of a victimisation claim.
In Goubatchev v Teva Ltd it was found that an employer's failure to follow procedures on promotion led to discrimination.
The number of people spending more than one hour a day commuting to work fell by 206,000 in 2007, according to TUC analysis of official statistics.
The TUC has published the ‘Trade union trends survey’, which is a biennial survey of safety reps.
The TUC has also published ‘Top tips for tackling 10 myths about child poverty’, produced by Jason Strelitz of Save the Children.
In ‘The impact of employee representation upon workplace industrial relations outcome’, the Working Lives Research Institute has made some interesting findings about the nature of union and non-union representation.
Customer service workers, such as call centre operators, are more likely to take time off sick than any other occupation, according to the ONS.
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