It’s 2017; you’ve now returned all of your unwanted presents, your Christmas tree is lying abandoned outside and you’ve decided on a date for your new diet and exercise regime to begin. So is there anything to look forward to in 2017: a year of Trump, various European elections and the impending threat of Brexit?
I got dismissed from my job, even though I am allowed to live and work in the UK! Why?
This is exactly what happened in the recent case of Baker v Abellio London Ltd ET/2302684/2015. The employment tribunal held that an employer was allowed to fairly dismiss an employee who could not produce a document that confirmed he had the right to work in the UK, even though they accepted that he was legally resident here.
The work Christmas party is – “dreaded by some and an annual highlight for others”, so said the High Court in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited (“NRL”). At this time of year, bacchanalian behaviour in the work place is as grimly predictable as the articles from employment lawyers warning about its dangers.
The case of Grange v Abellio London Ltd  UKEAT/0130/16/DA involved an employee who brought a claim under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), arguing that he had been denied his legal entitlement to rest breaks.