Seahorse Maritime Ltd v Nautilus International (A Trade Union) – Does a vessel constitute as an establishment for the purposes of redundancy consultation?

  Our final case this week concerns redundancy. And asks: Does a vessel constitute as an establishment for the purposes of redundancy consultation? Seahorse Maritime Ltd, the Respondent, had a fleet of 25 vessels that each had their own crew. The Respondent announced some redundancies and did individual instead of collective consultation as there were [...]

Redundancy Green V London

Good morning and welcome back to your weekly case law update. We hope you had a good Easter and enjoyed the chocolate and time off. When Bank Holiday weekends come around, it is easy to understand why some people are clamouring for a shorter working week! Anyhow, last week we looked at ACAS Early Conciliation, [...]

Ali v Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago

Hello and welcome back to your weekly case law update. Last week we looked at disability discrimination. This week we look at whether an express term in a contract of employment can be subject to a ‘limiting’ implied term. The interesting decision in this case by the Privy Council (on appeal from Trinidad and Tobago [...]

Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Limited v Filton – Can employees be dismissed for misconduct for refusal to obey a mobility clause in their contract?

Welcome back to your weekly case law update, last week we had our February newsletter which covered the Trade Union Act and minimum wage offenders. Prior to that, your last instalment of case law concerned employment status and discrimination. This week we shall be looking at whether employees can be dismissed for misconduct for refusing [...]

How to treat settlement sums after redundancy pay

This tax case asks whether the £30,000 tax free exemption on settlement agreement sums is applicable if the employee has already received redundancy pay? Mr Moorthy, the Claimant, was made redundant by Jacobs Engineering Ltd. He received £10,000 in statutory redundancy pay but then bought unfair and age discrimination claims against Jacobs. The claims were [...]

Living wage – Government minister grasses up cleaners

Cleaners who work for the Foreign Office have been put on disciplinary action after a letter they went to Foreign Secretary, Phillip Hammond was forwarded to their employer, Interserve. The letter signed by 14 cleaners requested that their low pay be raised to the living wage which is calculated at £9.15 in London. They then [...]

Collective Redundancy – Woolies verdict

A recent European Court of Justice judgement, regarding the former high street stalwart Woolies, has outlined the rules regarding collective redundancy consultation. After the firm went into administration in 2008, all staff were made redundant and all 815 stores closed. Four years later, 24,000 former staff of Woolworths were awarded 60 days’ pay as compensation [...]