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!).
May 6, 2020
In this episode, Simon, David and Samuel (but mostly David) talk about the Employment Appeal Tribunal's decision in Williams v Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School. In the original Employment Tribunal (ET) decision, the Claimant had been unsuccessful in his claim for constructive unfair dismissal. The ET had decided there was a final act which was entirely innocuous and that the Claimant had not resigned in response to a fundamental breach of contract.
There is also a discussion about middle names and which Star Wars characters Simon, David and Samuel would be. Gripping stuff!
April 29, 2020
In this special edition of Having A NatteRR, Simon, David and Samuel are joined by comedian and impressionist Danny Posthill.
Danny was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 and his incredibly accurate and hilarious impressions have been entertaining crowds up and down the country and around the world.
With a repertoire that includes Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and loveable Geordie duo Ant and Dec, it’s fair to say that Danny brought some much needed class to what is usually an absolute shambles of a podcast.
We hope you enjoy listening to it just as much as we enjoyed making it!
April 28, 2020
Having A NatteRR continues to light up your lockdown with yet another 'memorable' episode.
This week, Simon, David and Sam discuss the case of Power v Secure Code Warrior Limited. In this case, the Claimant brought claims of sex discrimination, harassment and victimisation against her former employer which were all dismissed at a preliminary hearing. One question for the Employment Tribunal was whether the use of the phrase 'has balls', which was used in reference to the Claimant, amounted to an act of direct sex discrimination and sex-related harassment.
April 21, 2020
The lockdown may have been extended but Having A NatteRR carries on bringing joy (or horror and sheer despair) to your ears!
This week, Simon, David and Sam discuss the case of Allen v Paradigm Precision Burnley Limited & Carl Wheeler. In this case, an employment tribunal ruled that the Claimant had suffered harassment relating to sexual orientation, direct sexual orientation discrimination, victimisation, detrimental treatment for seeking to take additional adoption leave, and constructive unfair dismissal. A total of £174,645 was ordered to be paid to the Claimant by the first Respondent.
April 9, 2020
In a special edition of Having A NatteRR, Robinson Ralph were honoured to talk with Ann Francke OBE who is the Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute. Ann provided great insight into how managers and leaders should help their employees through the COVID-19 crisis and gave a few hints and tips as to what to think about.
We would also strongly recommend that you check out the Chartered Management Institute's webpage on leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to view the webpage.
April 6, 2020
You'll be pleased to know that Robinson Ralph has found something to talk about which is not related to COVID-19. This week, Simon, David and Samuel discuss the Supreme Court's recent decision in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc (Appellant) v Various Claimants (Respondents).
In this case, Morrisons won its appeal on vicarious liability as the Supreme Court ruled that the online disclosure of payroll data was not an act that an employee ('S') was authorised to do. They also ruled that a temporal or causal connection alone does not satisfy the test and that it was highly material whether S was acting on his employer’s business or for purely personal reasons.