Employment

Bus Driver Who Had Been Instantly Dismissed For Failing a Random Drugs Test Wins Nearly £85,000 Unfair Dismissal Compensation

Alan Bailes had been employed by First Bristol Limited as a bus driver for 22 years. As with many other employers in the Transport sector, First Bristol carries out random drug and alcohol testing of its employees. Mr Bailes failed a saliva test, which picked up traces of cocaine. He was adamant...

The effect of an Employment Tribunal member falling asleep during a hearing

You are at an Employment Tribunal hearing. Both you and the other side have a legitimate expectation that the decision makers will stay awake during the hearing. If one of them falls asleep, it must render the decision unfair. Surely! Not so, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Elys...

Shared Parental Leave and Pay

Draft regulations have been put before Parliament to make changes to the way eligible employees, who are parents of children, can take parental leave and pay. If these regulations are approved, eligible parents of children due to be born or adopted on or after 5th April 2015, will be entitled to...

Tattoos in the Workplace

So, you have an employee that turns up with a new tattoo… what can you do about it? It was recently reported that 17% of people have a tattoo. To some, they are attractive and wonderful body art. To others, they are indicative of being lower class, heavy drinking and poor breeding. Many employers...

Obesity and Disability

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog about whether obesity can be a disability. The issue has now been considered by the Advocate General in the case of Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund. The court was asked to decide whether Mr Kaltoft met the definition of disability under the Equal Treatment...

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