I am sure we all know that an unprovoked physical and verbal attack on a colleague is likely to land you in a whole heap of trouble so why did some think that it would be different for Jeremy Clarkson? Don’t get me wrong I think he is a talented presenter who has captivated and amused viewers of the BBC’s Top Gear show since 2002 but his actions were wrong, plain wrong and have resulted in his Contract not being renewed.
Following a consultation in December 2013 regarding proposals to increase court fees in a number of areas, including money claims (with a value specified and unspecified), commercial proceedings, hearings (fast and non-fast track) and divorce proceedings, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced an increase in fees for claims from 9 March 2015. It is also consulting on fee increases for possession claims, applications without notice or consent and applications on notice with consent (where the other party is aware and/or has agreed).
The Supreme Court has ruled that an employer should not have concluded, based on evidence available to it, that its employee has committed suicide and therefore that no death in service benefits were payable to the employee’s widow.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overturned the decision of an employment tribunal that an employee with type 2 diabetes was disabled under the Equality Act 2010. In the case of Metroline Travel Limited v Stoute, the EAT held that the condition did not have a substantial adverse effect on the employee’s ability to carry out day to day activities.
In October 2012 the Court of Appeal announced in the case of Simmons v Castle that awards of general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity were to be increased by 10%. This decision coincided with the Jackson reforms of civil litigation. Since that time, employment law practitioners have sought to argue that the uplift could also apply in Employment Tribunal proceedings. The Court of Appeal later revised its Judgment which added to the proposition that its application could go further than just the civil courts.
From 10 March 2015 it will be a criminal offence for an employer to require job applicants or existing employees to obtain a copy of their criminal records by means of a subject access request and supply it to the employer. This is known as an enforced subject access.