Summer is here. There is an official heatwave. The roads are melting and so, if you were to believe them, are some employees. What does employment law say about working in rising temperatures? Surprisingly little is the answer.
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Where an employment contract is silent on when notice is deemed to be given, when does notice of termination take effect?
A recent employment case tackled the question of when notice of termination is deemed effective, which can have serious repercussions in certain situations.
In the case the claimant had recorded a disciplinary meeting in which he was present & didn’t inform his employer about it. During breaks in the hearing, the claimant left his mobile phone in the meeting room & as a result of his actions, the claimant recorded the disciplinary panel's private discussions.
It's never an exact science to predict what will happen in the world of employment law, but there are two main themes that we see developments falling into over the rest of this year, the increasing financial squeeze on employers and an increase in rights of the individual.
If an employee is subjected to a discriminatory demotion, can they refuse to work? No is the answer given in the case of Rochford v WNS Global Services – which is very much a case of two wrongs don't make a right.