Employment Law News


Frettens Update: Employee providing maternity cover unfairly dismissed

 4th May 2011      

Under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“the Act”) an employer can fairly dismiss an employee hired to provide maternity cover when the employee on maternity leave returns to work. However,… Read more »

Frettens Update: Man succeeds in 'maternity' sex discrimination claim

In an unusual case the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that favouring a woman on maternity leave in a redundancy scoring exercise was sex discrimination against… Read more »


Frettens Update: Impact of retirement changes on share schemes

The abolishing of the default retirement age of 65 is the potential necessity for employers to amend their employee share scheme rules as a result. This is because many such… Read more »


Frettens Update: Harassment claim fails where not reasonable for Claimant to take offence

1 April 2011 In Thomas Sanderson Blinds v English (No.2) the Employment Appeals Tribunal (“EAT”) upheld a Tribunal’s decision to reject a harassment claim, having taken into account evidence that… Read more »

 13th April 2011      

Frettens Update: Tribunal's reasoning ought to be read 'in the round'

1 April 2011 In Fuller v London Borough of Brent the Court of Appeal (“CA”) has upheld a Tribunal’s decision that the Claimant was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct. The… Read more »


Frettens Update: Additional Paternity Leave ("APL") and Pay

1 April 2011 The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010 allow fathers (and adoptive partners) the right to up to six months’ paternity leave which can be taken once the mother… Read more »


Frettens Update: 2011 Budget – Impact on Employment

1 April 2011  The Government published the 2011 Budget and accompanying ‘Plan for Growth’ last week. While many of the employment-related measures had already been announced, some were unexpected, including… Read more »


Frettens update: Employment Law Q&A – Obtaining medical reports

With the abolition of the default retirement age, there will be a larger focus going forward on having to manage capability-related issues with older employees. In this month’s Q&A we… Read more »

 3rd February 2012      

Frettens Update – Q & A – Managing staff without a default retirement age

The statutory default retirement age of 65 has now disappeared from our workplaces. Save for those few employers who have elected to objectively justify a retirement age, compulsory retirement at… Read more »

 11th November 2011      

Health & Safety Regulations: employers beware and employees take note

Frettens Update All employers should be familiar with the raft of regulations that they are obliged to implement to ensure the safety of their employees in the workplace. For example,… Read more »

 6th June 2012      

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