Terminations

UK Employment Tribunal: COVID-19 not a reason for a worker to simply ‘down tools’

An English employment tribunal recently considered that the circulation of the COVID-19 virus in society is not a good enough reason for an employee to be absent from work (Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Limited ET1803829/2020). Despite acknowledging that the virus poses a serious and imminent threat to public health, the tribunal held that an …

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The importance of the proper drafting of a termination letter

The recent decision of the Supreme Court in Lateral Holdings Ltd v Murdamootoo [2021 SCJ 19] is an important reminder to employers that the reason stated in a letter of termination must be carefully drafted and may not be subsequently recharacterised. The case concerned an employee who was charged with an act of misconduct and …

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