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The Right to Privacy v Monitoring Workers’ Emails

In the 2016 case of Bărbulescu v Romania, Mr Bărbulescu was dismissed for personal internet use at work, contrary to his employer’s internal policy, which strictly prohibited all personal use. The European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) held that his…

The Consequences of Unlawfully Accessing Patient Records

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded NHS staff about the consequences of accessing patients’ medical records without a valid reason. The warning comes following Brioney Woolfe’s recent prosecution at The Colchester Magistrates’ Court. Woolfe, a former health care assistant…

An Update on Vento Bands

The Equality 2010 provides that compensation for discrimination may include compensation for injured feelings. An award for injury to feelings is separate from an award of compensation for financial loss. A claimant can therefore recover for injury to feelings even…

The Scope of Vicarious Liability

Barclays Bank plc has been held vicariously liable for sexual assaults committed by a doctor engaged to carry out medical examination for job applicants. In reaching the decision in various Claimants v Barclays Bank plc, the High Court applied the…

The Battle of the Worker Status Continues

Worker status has yet again been established in the so-called ‘gig’ economy, this time a successful action was brought against Addison Lee (a minicab firm). The central London employment tribunal found that the company had treated its workers as ‘independent…

Employee Sent to Prison for Breaching Court Order

In the High Court decision of OCS Group UK v Dadi a former employee was sentenced to 6 weeks imprisonment for breaches of an interim injunction in a dispute over confidential information. The defendant, Mr Dadi, was an employee of…