Employee relations

Court of Appeal - 1979 Clear evidence of recognition required for collective bargaining Facts A trade association, of which Albury Brothers was a member, had agreed a number of collective agreements with the National Union of Gold, Silver & Allied Trades in relation to employees’ conditions of employment. Individual members of the trade association were not automatically or legally bound to observe or apply those collective agreements unless they made specific agreements with their…

Terms and conditions

Court of Appeal - February 1978 Restrictive covenant not reasonable because geographical restriction was too wide Facts Greer was a director of the Sketchley dry cleaning business. At the time of this case, Sketchley operated only in the Midlands and the South of England. After Sketchley was taken over by new management, Greer proposed to leave and join a competitor.   Sketchley tried to stop him on the basis of a restrictive covenant in his contract of employment. This covenant…

Business principles

Employment Tribunal - 1978 Requiring employee to work additional hours to complete his work was a breach of the time off rights Facts A lecturer's timetable was rearranged to leave him free on most afternoons to carry out his duties as a Borough councillor. However, he was still expected by the employer to carry out his full range of teaching and administrative duties,which meant that he had to do some work at home in the evenings and at weekends.   Ratcliffe complained to a tribunal…

Termination

Employment Appeal Tribunal - 1978 What determines whether a dismissal is reasonable? Facts There were irregularities identified in staff purchases at a BHS store. To determine who was responsible for this, BHS took evidence from dockets relating to purchases that staff had made, and also took witness statements. The evidence suggested that Burchell was responsible for the irregularities and she was dismissed.   Burchell argued that BHS had not clearly established her guilt. EAT…

Employee relations

Employment Appeal Tribunal - 1977 Staff consultative organisation failed in its bid for independence Facts The Blue Circle group of companies formed a staff consultative organisation which was initially under the control of the management, and received financial support from the company.   The staff consultative organisation wanted to move away from this control and so instituted a new set of rules and agreed a negotiating procedure with the management in a bid to achieve independence…