In this newsletter we look at several key recent legislation updates surrounding dismissal, and also look at rolled up holiday pay for Casual Workers.

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Legislation Updates

Care needed over dismissal timing when employee approaching two years’ service

The EAT has confirmed for the first time that an employee dismissed for gross misconduct in the week prior to accruing two years’ service will not gain unfair dismissal protection provided that the tribunal agrees that they have indeed committed gross misconduct. However, if the tribunal disagrees, the statutory minimum notice period will be added to the actual service in calculating eligibility to claim unfair dismissal. Earlier case law establishes that the termination date is also extended by statutory notice if the employer dismisses by making a payment in lieu of notice, so it is prudent to consider carefully the timing of dismissals of employees approaching their two-year anniversary.

Employers should offer internal appeal

The case of Afzal v East London Pizza Ltd t/a Dominos Pizza highlights the importance of offering a right of appeal against dismissal. In that case the employer was justified in urgently dismissing an employee for failure to provide evidence of his continued entitlement to work in the UK on the basis that it genuinely believed that his employment was illegal. However, the tribunal was wrong to conclude that the dismissal was necessarily fair, given the employer’s failure to allow an appeal. Had an appeal been offered, the employee would have had an opportunity to produce evidence of his right to work and the employer could then have rescinded the dismissal without fear of prosecution or penalty. The case was remitted to a fresh tribunal.

Poor communication of successful appeal could itself amount to constructive dismissal

The Court of Appeal in Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd has confirmed that where an employee’s internal appeal against dismissal is successful, the effect will be to reinstate the employee with retrospective effect. The earlier dismissal will ‘vanish’ without any need for the employee to ‘accept’ this, preventing the employee from claiming unfair dismissal based on the earlier dismissal. However, in this case the dismissal had been based on two charges of gross misconduct, the second of which would have resulted in a reference to the Disclosure and Barring Service. The employee’s appeal was successful on both counts, but the letter confirming the decision only addressed the first charge. The Court considered that the failure to communicate the decision on the second charge and to confirm that no reference would be made to the DBS was arguably a breach of trust and confidence which might amount to constructive dismissal (an issue remitted to the tribunal).

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Our1 day Managing Absence course is designed to guide and support managers on how to:
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• The law on holidays, and other legal entitlement to time off;
• Clarifying what Managers need to do about holiday pay.

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Helpful Hints & Tips – Rolled Up Holiday Pay for Casual Workers

A Casual Worker accrues holidays at the rate of 12.07% of their hours worked. Some employers take the approach of paying the casual worker for this accrued holiday, i.e. paying extra pay on top of the casual workers hourly rate, instead of giving the casual worker paid holiday leave. This is known as ‘rolled-up’ holiday pay.

Although the Government and ACAS recommend employers don’t use rolled-up holiday pay, it’s legal if the employer does it clearly. For example, an employer can’t say an employee will be paid £8.78 an hour which includes rolled-up holiday pay. An employer must say an employee’s basic hourly pay is £7.83 per hour and in addition to this they’ll receive £0.95 per hour rolled-up holiday pay. The employee’s payslips must show the amounts separately.