Recent figures have shown violence against NHS staff has reached its highest level in five years. Last year, an astonishing one in seven health professionals were attacked in the course of their work. However, action is being taken. In this regard, new measures to provide protection to NHS staff will [...]
Vicarious liability – Can an employer be held to be legally responsible for the violent conduct of an employee after an office Christmas party?
Case: Bellman -v- Northampton Recruitment Limited  EWCA Civ 2214 Why is the case important? The Court of Appeal decided that an employer was vicariously liable for the costs of providing care to one of its employees who suffered life changing injuries after he was punched by the Managing Director [...]
The Burchell test Case: British Home Stores -v- Burchell  IRLR 379 After 40 years, this is still one of the key decisions in unfair dismissal cases when considering a dismissal arising from misconduct. Why is the case so important? The Employment Appeal Tribunal outlined several factors that should be [...]
Reviewing the case of Polkey -v – AE Dayton Services Limited  IRLR 503 In an Employment Tribunal claim, a “Polkey deduction” is something that is capable of reducing your compensatory award in an Unfair Dismissal claim. We have provided an introduction to this which may be accessed by clicking [...]
Case: Evans- v-Xactly Corporation Limited UKEATPA/0128/18 & 129/19/LA What is banter? Banter may be defined as “the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks” or to “exchange remarks in a good-humoured teasing way”. It is commonplace in many workplaces. In fact, it may also be deemed to be acceptable in [...]