Five things we learnt in employment law this week (19 May)

  1. The EAT has refused to exercise its discretion to extend the 42 day time limit for lodging an appeal to the EAT after an appeal was lodged one hour late on the relevant day. The EAT held that no good excuse for the delay had been shown (J v K and Another).
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James Rhodes, partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP.

2. The EAT has confirmed that a gap of more than three months between deductions from wages breaks a series of deductions, making earlier deductions time-barred (Fulton & another v Bear Scotland Ltd (No 2)).

3. An Employment Tribunal has upheld the dismissal of an employee who made derogatory comments about her employer on Facebook, despite her having an unblemished disciplinary record. The Tribunal held that, although the dismissal may have been harsh, it was still within the band of reasonable responses (Plant v API Microelectronics Ltd).

4. Johnsons Shoes Company has had to pay out more than £40,000 in civil penalties for breaches of the employer auto enrolment duties under the Pensions Act 2008.

5. A new guidance note has been published for the Equality Act 2010. This aims to provide further support to service providers in respect of their obligations to provide goods, services and facilities to their customers in a non-discriminatory way.

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