Author Archives: Darren Newman

About Darren Newman

Employment law consultant, trainer, writer and anorak

15. W Brooks & Son v Skinner

In a special yuletide edition we talk about W Brooks & Son v Skinner [1984] IRLR 379. It’s not exactly a classic – but it is about dismissing someone who got drunk at a Christmas party – and in December … Continue reading

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14. East Lindsay District Council v Daubney

In this episode we look at dismissal for long-term absence. The classic explanation of how a fair employer should approach the issue is East Lindsay District Council v Daubney  but the law has moved on a bit since then and we … Continue reading

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13. Abernathy v Mott, Hay and Henderson

After a summer break its back to 1974 to look at how we determine the reason for dismissal. Abernathy v Mott, Hay and Henderson tells us to look at what is going on in the mind of the employer – … Continue reading

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12. Williams v Compair Maxam Ltd

This episode looks  the classic redundancy selection case of Williams v Compair Maxam Ltd. With redundancies increasingly run as though they are recruitment exercises, how relevant is this 1982 EAT decision today? Well, things many not have changed as much … Continue reading

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11. Griggs v Duke Power Co

We cross the Atlantic in this episode for the case that invented the concept of indirect discrimination – Griggs v Duke Power This is the origin story of indirect discrimination – the case that was used as the basis for the … Continue reading

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10. James v Waltham Holy Cross UBC

Here is a case that you may think you’ve never heard of – but it contains the classic test of fairness when it comes to dismissing someone for poor performance or incompetence. Behind the legal principle, James v Waltham Holy Cross … Continue reading

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9. Iceland Frozen Foods Ltd v Jones

Since this is one of the key cases setting out the Range of Reasonable Responses test it has a place close to my heart: Iceland Frozen Foods Ltd v Jones is so fundamental to the law of unfair dismissal it almost … Continue reading

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