In Secretary of State for Justice v Lown, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (the “EAT”), in overturning the first instance decision that Mr Lown had been unfairly dismissed, issued a reminder as to the proper procedural approach Tribunals should adopt when considering unfair dismissal on grounds of misconduct claims.

That was one of the issues in a recent case involving CHEZ, the local electricity supplier in a predominantly Roma district of Bulgaria. 

In Underwood v Wincanton plc, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has given guidance on the correct interpretation of “in the public interest” for the purposes of whistleblowing under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (“PIDA”). It concluded that a dispute between an employer and a group of just four employees, in relation to their conditions of employment, was “in the public interest” and so capable of being a protected disclosure.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published policy statements setting out new rules on whistle-blowing which push its importance up the agenda. These set out a framework of regulatory obligations applicable to whistle-blowing in banks and insurers.

The confirmation of the new rules on October 6 follows the publication last February by the regulators of their proposed package of measures s in respect of whistle-blowing in a joint PRA and FCA consultation paper.

In an effort to boost the Government’s family friendly and flexible working policies, Chancellor George Osborne announced on 5 October that shared parental leave (SPL) and pay will be extended to working grandparents. With the details to be consulted on in the first half of next year and legislation due around 2018, it will be a while until the full impact of this extension can be calculated.