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...

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