October 13, 2021
This week David and Imogen discuss the Employment Tribunal case of Mrs R Malone v The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland. We discuss the issues in the case, focussing on the findings of the Tribunal that there was a ‘sexist boys’ club culture’ within the armed response vehicle unit. We go on to discuss further findings that much of the witnesses’ evidence for the Police, which included high ranking officers, was deemed not credible.
The Tribunal dismissed the Claimant’s claim of sex discrimination but upheld her complaint of victimisation.
We also discuss updates amongst the team, including the suspicious loft, and try our best to give each other's viewpoints on the case.
October 4, 2021
This week Simon, David and Imogen discuss the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case of Moore v Phoenix Product Development Limited. We discuss the issues of the case, focusing on the Employee who was dismissed not having been afforded an appeal. The dismissal was found to be reasonable in all the circumstances and ultimately it was found that an appeal was not necessary on the facts.
We discussed the importance of the facts of the case in the EAT arriving at this decision, including that this was a dismissal for some other substantial reason (SOSR). We discuss the potential for this case to have been decided differently, should the actual reason for dismissal have been found to be conduct related on its facts.
We also discuss our team member Imogen moving into a new house... and a rather suspicious loft.
September 23, 2021
This week Simon, David and Imogen discuss the case of Lacatus v Barclays Execution Services Limited. The case had many issues, but we focus on the Tribunal’s findings that the male line manager of the female Claimant, in referring to women as “birds”, subjected the Claimant to direct sex discrimination. The Tribunal found that “the use of the phrase ‘bird’ was a misplaced use of irony which inadvertently caused offence”, thus demonstrating that it is the effect on the individual that is usually relevant in discrimination or harassment claims, rather than the intention of the perpetrator.
We also explore the differences between Orville the Duck and Uri Geller. As you’d expect.
September 17, 2021
The podcast returns this week with a brand new series of 'Having a NatteRR'!
This week for the first episode, Simon, David and Imogen discuss the case of Mr David Seccombe v Reed in Partnership Ltd. They discuss the case concerning whether the Claimant had a disability and the fundamental distinction between a Claimant having a disability and the Respondent (Employer) being aware of that disability, including where this has not been disclosed by the Employee at the outset of employment.
May 14, 2021
Having A NatteRR returns with a brand new episode.
This week, Simon, David and Imogen discuss the case of Flatman v Essex County Council. In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that an Employment Tribunal had erred by failing to identify whether a fundamental breach of contract by an employer had occurred before the point of an employee's resignation and reaffirmed that, once committed, a fundamental breach cannot be cured.
May 7, 2021
Robinson Ralph is back with a brand new episode of 'Having A NatteRR'.
This week, David, Jane, and Imogen discuss the case of Aylott v BPP University Limited. In this case, the Employment Tribunal awarded the Claimant, a former employment law lecturer who suffered with depression and anxiety, £168,047.40 after finding that she had been constructively and unfairly dismissed following the Respondent's lack of action and a failure to make reasonable adjustments by neither reducing her workload, nor supporting her.
April 30, 2021
The second part of Robinson Ralph's special episode of ‘Having A NatteRR’ featuring the wonderful Carolyn Hobdey.
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April 30, 2021
Robinson Ralph presents a special episode of ‘Having A NatteRR’ featuring the wonderful Carolyn Hobdey.
Simon, David and Carolyn discuss the issue of bullying and grievances within HR and the particular strains and stresses which individuals who work within HR have faced, and are continuing to face in the current climate.
More specifically, they discuss:
- How to navigate bullying accusations;
- What to do when a grievance is levelled against HR; and
- The importance of self-care within HR when it comes to burn out and stress.
With Carolyn’s wide range of experience, particularly in relation to mentoring individuals within HR, it’s an episode you cannot afford to miss. In fact, it's such a good episode that it comes in two parts!
March 2, 2021
Robinson Ralph return for a special episode of 'Having A NatteRR'.
This week, Simon, David, Jane and Samuel are joined by Catrin Asbrey, Group HR Director to talk about Sellers v Doers in the workplace.
It will be obvious to the listener that Catrin elevates the podcast to a far more respectable level with her insightful contributions about a very interesting topic. It was a pleasure to have Catrin on the podcast and we look forward to hopefully welcoming her back on a future episode.
February 12, 2021
Robinson Ralph is back with another episode of 'Having A NatteRR'.
Simon, David, Jane and Samuel discuss the case of Hurley v East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. In this case, the Employment Tribunal upheld the Claimant's claim for constructive unfair dismissal after she resigned following a series of events, which included being the subject of a "practical joke" when her manager tricked her into believing that she had to deliver a 3 hour presentation the following day.
Simon talks about what he got for his birthday this week and we also explore the links that Samuel has with 'The Lord of the Rings'.