Termination of employment

UK: Employer’s duty of trust and confidence – caution needed before suspending to investigate alleged misconduct

A recent High Court ruling serves as a reminder to employers not automatically to suspend an employee accused of misconduct while an investigation takes place. Employers should first seek the employee’s response to the allegations and consider whether suspension is … Continue reading

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China: Termination of employment for violation of professional ethics

A recent Interpretation issued jointly by Beijing Higher People’s Court and the Beijing Labor Dispute Arbitration Commission on 24 April 2017 suggests that, in Beijing, it may be possible to terminate an employee for a violation of professional ethics. However, … Continue reading

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France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 1

This is the first of our detailed briefings in relation to the Macron labour law reforms and will cover the subject of caps on tribunal damages. Budgeting for a dismissal? This is one of the reforms which has generated the … Continue reading

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Asia: Post-employment covenants

Although often included in employment contracts, the enforceability of post-employment non-competition obligations can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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Singapore: Focus on fixed-term employees

On 31 July 2017 the Tripartite Alliance issued the Tripartite Standard on Employment of Term Contract Employees (First Standard), (Tripartite Standards). The Tripartite Standards are the first of five new standards seek to encourage fair and progressive labour practices in … Continue reading

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UK: Whistleblowing – an employee can bring a detriment claim against colleagues for their actions in dismissing him

The EAT in International Petroleum Ltd v Osipov has made clear that an employee can bring a whistleblowing detriment claim against a fellow worker in relation to their actions in dismissing him (for which the employer may be vicariously liable), … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Legislative Council to consider reinstatement remedy for unfair dismissal claims

On 25 April 2017, the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2017 was introduced for first reading in the Legislative Council. This Bill follows a similar Bill proposed in 2016 and if passed, will strengthen the Labour Tribunal’s power to make an order … Continue reading

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UK: Legislation – Employment law reform proposals during the Summer 2017 General Election

The main parties' manifestos for the general election all contained numerous proposed employment law reforms, the Conservatives promising "the greatest expansion in workers' rights by any Conservative government in history" while Labour included a 20 point "plan for security and equality … Continue reading

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UK: Disciplinary hearings- nominal damages for refusal of an unsuitable companion

Employers will welcome a tribunal decision that damages for failure to allow a chosen companion at a disciplinary hearing should be nominal where the companion was within the permitted statutory categories but unsuitable for other reasons.

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UK: Unfair dismissal – poor attitude towards organisational change could justify gross misconduct dismissal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a tribunal ruling that deliberate resistance by a manager asked to implement organisational change was gross misconduct. Given her senior position, the manager's failure to cooperate with, support or lead a change, on the … Continue reading

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