Labour & European Law Review 24 June 2015
Acas has this week published a new flexible working guide to help working fathers strike a better balance between work and home.
Since the introduction of mandatory early conciliation (EC) in May 2014, claimants have been required to contact Acas before lodging a tribunal claim, unless their claim is exempt. In Cranwell v Cullen, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that there is no discretion under the rules to waive or vary that requirement.
The law states that employers have to have a fair reason for dismissal and must act reasonably in treating that as a sufficient reason to dismiss their employee. In Jinadu v Docklands Buses, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that employers do not have to put a disciplinary investigation on hold until they deal with an employee’s grievances even if the individual is at risk of dismissal.