Labour & European Law Review
05 July 2012
Latest Ministry of Justice Employment Tribunal (ET) statistics show that claims are falling year on year, in spite of the government’s claims about employers being scared to take on staff for fear of being sued.
Although employers cannot generally discipline employees twice for the same offence, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held in Christou and Ward v London Borough of Haringey that they can do so in exceptional circumstances.
The Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 gave employees on fixed-term contracts of at least four years the right to a permanent contract, with some limited exclusions. In Hudson v Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) said that the exclusion relating to trainees only relates to the fixed-term contract under which they are currently employed.