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!
May 26, 2020
Robinson Ralph returns with yet another episode of 'Having A NatteRR'.
This week, Simon, David and Samuel discuss the Court of Appeal's decision in Sattar v Citibank. In this case, it was held that disciplinary action taken part-way through an investigation does not render a dismissal unfair, because a full and fair opportunity was presented to the employee to engage with any new material discovered during the remainder of the investigation.
There are also a number of other discussion points, but the main event is certainly a chat about Sam's very unique problems with the 1998 blockbuster film 'Armageddon'. It's both unmissable and unbelievable!
May 18, 2020
We're back again with yet another episode of Having A NatteRR, and we've really pushed the boat out on this one!
This week, Simon, David and Samuel discuss the case of Robinson v Mind. In this case, a charity worker won her unfair dismissal claim after being bullied out of her job when she reported colleagues for mocking a disabled woman and insulting the mentally ill.
There is a chat about Sam's upcoming house viewing, as well as what would happen if the next James Bond film was set in a Premier Inn.
To top it all off, the boys then narrow down which comedians and celebrities they want to tweet about appearing on the next episode! You never know....it might work!
May 13, 2020
Simon, David and Samuel are back with another episode of Having A NatteRR.
We've done quite a few of these now and given the feedback we've had, we think a more appropriate title might now be 'The Podcast That Just Won't Die'!
The case under review in this episode is the Employment Tribunal's decision in Weatherby v Amcrol Limited. This case involved a man who was sexually harassed by a female colleague, which the Respondent was found to be vicariously liable for. Because the Claimant had complained of harassment, the Respondent withdrew a potential alternative vacancy which the Claimant had expressed an interest in during a redundancy process. His dismissal therefore was found to amount to victimisation.
There is also a chat about a potential new television show which we all think could be a massive hit. You'll have to listen though to find out what it is (and then later discover that you've absolutely wasted your time....as usual!).