Monitoring Communications Barbulescu v Romania

Monitoring Communications Barbulescu v Romania

Back in 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that a worker in Romania who had been dismissed for his personal use of the internet at work had not been dismissed unfairly because of the employer’s monitoring of his internet usage.

Mr Barbulescu had sent messages to his brother and fiancée via his work-related Yahoo account. He later argued that, by monitoring his use of the internet and by using his Yahoo messages in disciplinary proceedings, his employer had breached his right to respect for private life and correspondence.

Race Discrimination Kansal v Tullett Prebon Plc

Race Discrimination Kansal v Tullett Prebon Plc

Mr Kansal was northern Indian, Punjabi in origin and a UK national. He brought nine specific complaints of direct discrimination against his employer.

Two of those complaints made it to the EAT. The first was that he had been sidelined and excluded from transactions; he had been left out of pitches. The second was that he had been told that he could no longer work from home.

Location, location, location Aziz v The Freemantle Trust

Location, location, location Aziz v The Freemantle Trust

Ms Aziz was a care worker who had relocated to the Trust’s Dell Field Court site. Issues arose between her and two other workers, and this triggered a period of difficulties, complaints, suspensions, absences and grievances.

The situation was deemed to be dysfunctional, and the Trust decided that Ms Aziz should be moved to another site. She was given three weeks’ notice and confirmation that she would be paid her additional travel expenses in line with the employer’s relocation policy. But Ms Aziz didn’t take up what she said was her employer’s offer to move to a different location.

Back Care Awareness Week

Watch Your Back, And Your Colleagues – Back Care Awareness Week

We are focusing our thoughts and energy on Back Care Awareness. Being a health and safety and employment law company, it comes with no surprise that we feel very passionately about this. The more people we can get to be aware of back care, the better. Believe it or not, back pain is one of the most common causes of sickness absence in the workplace. In fact, a staggering 80% of the population will suffer with back pain throughout their life.