Employee v Employer [2013]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    IREAT UD1304/2012
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissals Acts, 1977 to 2007; Conduct Dismissal; Refusal to undergo additional training

The claimant and her husband in this case worked for a medical device manufacturer. The claimant's husband suffered an injury at work and was paid full pay for over a year whilst off sick. When the sick pay was removed, the claimant asked for a change of shift so she could drive her husband to work and they could work the same shift.

In order to undertake the new duties the employer required that the claimant re-train. She refused to do so, was granted a cooling off period, took a grievance and was dismissed after many months. The EAT believed her refusal was linked to the withdrawal of her husband's sick pay, which she felt was unreasonable, but that did not justify her refusal to carry

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This article is correct at 10/01/2014

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