November 19, 2020
Robinson Ralph is back with a brand new episode of ‘Having A NatteRR’.
Simon, David and Samuel discuss the case of Mehdinejad v Royal Mail. In this case, an Employment Tribunal ordered the Respondent to pay the Claimant £14,000 in compensation for disability harassment. The Claimant suffers from ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. A manager for the Respondent approached the Claimant and both insulted and intimidated him by repeatedly referring to him as “dodgy”.
Simon also talks about his former dream of becoming a pilot and how he would transform the designs of fighter jets. A very unique discussion which will live long in the memory.
October 15, 2020
Robinson Ralph bring you another edition of its unforgettable podcast, ‘Having A NatteRR’.
Simon, David and Samuel discuss the case of Ryan v South West Ambulance Services NHS Trust. In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal were asked to consider the question of whether a talent pool created by an employer and comprising mainly of employees below the age of 55, was indirectly discriminatory against an employee on the grounds of age.
There’s also a bit of a chat about sweets, chocolate and wine. If that isn’t a winning combination then who knows what is?
October 8, 2020
The Robinson Ralph gang are back with a brand new episode of ‘Having A NatteRR’.
Simon, David and Samuel discuss the case of BC v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland. This case concerned a number of WhatsApp messages between police officers which were found by an investigating detective and which led to misconduct charges being brought against the officers. The officers brought a petition in the Outer House of the Court of Session complaining that using their WhatsApp messages to bring non-criminal misconduct proceedings against them was a breach of their right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Simon provides an interesting anecdote about his experience with lifts and Samuel tells us about his travels around the British Isles.”
What more could you want in a podcast?”
September 15, 2020
The latest episode of 'Having A NatteRR' is now available.
This week, Simon, David and Samuel discuss the case of Morales v Premier Fruits (Covent Garden) Ltd. In this case, an Employment Tribunal granted interim relief to an employee claiming unfair dismissal who used the assistance of a trade union to bring a grievance about a reduction in wages implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of Personal Protective Equipment.
At the conclusion of the grievance, the Claimant was dismissed, purportedly because he had refused to consent to a pay reduction. The Claimant claimed unfair dismissal for making use of trade union services and on grounds that he had made protected disclosures. He applied for interim relief.
The Judge considered that it was likely that the Claimant would be able to show that he was dismissed because he had sought the assistance of a trade union to bring a grievance (but not the protected disclosure).
Also this week, there is a discussion about Simon and David's recent holidays; a discussion about whether a coconut is actually a nut; and a discussion about who would win a darts match between a crocodile and a great white shark.
It really has to be heard to be believed!
August 18, 2020
Listen to Simon's latest radio interview on BBC Radio Leeds with Stephanie Hirst where he discusses staff asking to remain working at home if they feel uncomfortable working in the office, employers responsibilities to ensure the safety of staff in this new Covid world and worker’s rights if they are returning from abroad and having to quarantine.
August 14, 2020
The latest episode of 'Having A NatteRR' is now available.
This week, Simon, David and Sam discuss the case of Hill v Lloyds Bank Plc. In this case, it was decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal that requiring an employer to give an undertaking not to make a disabled employee work with colleagues who had allegedly bullied her, or to offer a severance payment if this was not possible, was in fact a reasonable adjustment.
Simon tells us about his recent Twitter success and David talks about the beer he's been brewing.
As always, enthralling stuff!
August 6, 2020
Robinson Ralph returns with yet another episode of 'Having A NatteRR'.
This week, Simon, David and Sam discuss the case of West v Redditch Borough Council. In this case, the Claimant was dismissed after accidentally opening a message on his phone containing footage of a woman making "sexual moans", which was heard by over 100 of his colleagues during a meeting.
The Claimant brought a claim of unfair dismissal and breach of contract and alleged that the noises were from a video of a 'goose honking'.
The Employment Tribunal ruled that 'on the balance of probabilities' the sounds were of a sexual nature and that the Claimant's "dishonest" explanation resulted in the dismissal rather than the video itself.
An interesting case with some useful lessons....for once!
July 31, 2020
Having A NatteRR returns for a third series which is sure to be filled with the same level of shambolic ramblings as all the other previous episodes!
Such is the reputation of this podcast, apparently even Donald Trump has tried to prevent it from returning while also trying to suspend the US election. The joke is on you though Donald because we're back!
In this episode, Simon, David and Sam discuss the case of Luckham v HSBC Bank PLC & Clegg, where the Claimant was unsuccessful in her claims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation. The Claimant alleged that she was forced out of the First Respondent after ending an affair with the Second Respondent and that senior managers "shut down" her complaints of harassment.
There is also a discussion about a slightly disturbing night out which Sam had in his youth.
It sure is good to be back!
July 27, 2020
Listen to Simon's radio interview on LBC with James O'Brien where he discusses the employment law rights of people returning from abroad and being required to self isolate by the government.
June 2, 2020
In the last episode of this series of Having A NatteRR, Simon, David and Samuel discuss what they genuinely believe is a very interesting case. Whether they succeeded in making it interesting to the listener though is another question!
The case in question is Giwa-Amu v DWP, where the Claimant was awarded £243,635 (including £42,800 for injury to feelings) for race and age discrimination.
One of the Claimant's co-workers told her that it was “racist” to say it always rained in Wales. This co-worker also, amongst other things:
• repeatedly accused the Claimant of stealing ice cream despite others asking for this to stop;
• sprayed deodorant near the Claimant, knowing that she hated it; and
• span around on a chair while sat next to the Claimant to try to make her feel sick.
The employment tribunal held that these acts were "undertaken in an insulting way deliberately intended to humiliate the Claimant and create a hostile environment for her.”
There is also a quick mention about David's trip into the office and Samuel talks about his issues with sun cream!