Employers & the Coronavirus – Addressing the Situation

Amid the significant outbreak of COVID-19 – or the Coronavirus, as it is more commonly known – in various European states in the last couple of weeks, employers are finding themselves facing insurmountable pressure to determine what action to take if an employee would have returned from a high-risk destination. Serious precaution should be taken…

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Workplace romance lands McDonald’s CEO in hot water

Steve Easterbrook, CEO of international corporation McDonald’s, was dismissed after admitting to having been engaged in a relationship with an employee. Easterbrook had held the position of CEO of McDonald’s in the UK and Northern Europe since 2015 and was instrumental in the company’s revitalisation and advancements in recent years, where share price managed to…

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Ambulance trust to pay £96,000 in damages to sacked employee

A motor vehicle technician formerly employed with the East of England Ambulance Service Trust has been awarded the amount of £96,000 in damages by a tribunal. The technician, Gordon Flemming, suffered from mental health issues and subsequently claimed that he was contemplating suicide following a heart attack in 2012 which had rendered him unable to…

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Tesco workers fight for equal pay before the EU Court

In anticipation of Britain’s departure from the European Union, thousands of Tesco supermarket employees have submitted an application before the European Court of Justice to demand clarification on provisions relating to the protection of workers. The application is made on the basis that the predominantly female workforce on supermarket shop floors receives lower salaries than…

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Employee covert recordings must be covered in disciplinary policies

In its judgment in the unfair dismissal case of Phoenix House vs. Stockman, the EAT found that employers and employees should always make known their intentions to record meetings, as this might otherwise amount to misconduct. However, exceptions to the rule abound. In an unfair dismissal case, a covert recording taken by Stockman (the dismissed…

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Waiters and eat-and-run policies – does the law protect them?

Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca has recently updated its eat-and-run policy, clarifying that waiters will not be made to foot bills when customers run off without paying. This change was sparked following one customer’s Twitter outrage when she witnessed an eat-and-run incident at Kentish Town’s Wahaca, where one waiter said he would be made to cover…

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