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This podcast aims to provide a practical overview of the main areas of employment law and the frequent issues that junior lawyers may face. It sets out the main causes of action for bringing or responding to a claim for unfair dismissal and considers discrimination where someone is perceived to have one of the protected characteristics contained in the Equality Act 2010.

After completing the course you will:
  • Have considered the steps to be taken when dealing with unfair dismissal claims;
  • Understand the difference between substantive fairness and procedural fairness;
  • Know the range of reasonable responses test;
  • Be aware of some of the automatically unfair reasons for dismissal;
  • Be aware of the procedure in wrongful dismissal/breach of contract claims;
  • Understand the ambit of costs orders in the Employment Tribunal;
  • Have considered the relevant provisions applicable to making a woman redundant whilst on maternity leave;
  • Have considered disclosure qualifying for protection in whistleblowing cases;
  • Be aware of the importance of keeping within time limits in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Legal Principles
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Bracebridge Engineering Ltd v Darby [1990] IRLR 3, EAT;
  • British Leyland UK Ltd v Swift [1981] IRLR 91;
  • Buckland v University of Bournemouth [2010] IRLR 445;
  • Coors Brewers v Adcock [2007] EWCA Civ 19;
  • Da’Bell v NSPCC [2010] IRLR 19;
  • Delaney v Staples [1991] IRLR 112, CA;
  • Employment Rights Act 1996;
  • Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004;
  • Equality Act 2010;
  • Fecitt v Manchester [2011] EWCA Civ 1190;
  • Foley v Post Office and HSBC Bank v Madden [2000] ICR 1283;
  • Iceland Frozen Foods Ltd v Jones [1982] IRLR 439;
  • Jones v F Sirl & Son (Furnishers) Ltd [1997] IRLR 493;
  • Jones v Tower Boot Co Ltd [1997] IRLR 168;
  • Malik v BCCI [1997] IRLR 462;
  • Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999;
  • Nagarajan v Agnew [1994] IRLR 61, EAT;
  • O’Donoghue v Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council [2001] EWCA Civ 701;
  • Owen & Briggs v James [1982] IRLR 502;
  • Polkey v AE Dayton Services Ltd [1988] AC 344, HL;
  • Ready-Mixed Concrete (South East) Ltd v Minister of Pensions and National Insurance [1968] 2 QB 497;
  • Western Excavating v Sharp [1978] IRLR 27.

In this podcast Laura Daniels from Kings Chambers provides a practical introduction to employment law. She outlines the procedure when bringing unfair dismissal claims and the importance of keeping claims within their requisite time limits.

Date Recorded: 15 April 2013


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