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Tribunal rules covertly recording meetings is not always gross misconduct

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that covertly recording a meeting is not always misconduct, and is acceptable in specific cases, such as when a vulnerable employee is seeking to guard against misrepresentation.

It upheld a ruling that Tatiana Stockman, who worked for charity Phoenix House, was unfairly dismissed after a dispute between her and her manager.

During the course of the initial employment tribunal (ET), it transpired that Stockman had made a covert recording of a meeting and Phoenix House appealed the judgment, arguing that if it had been aware of the covert recording then Stockman would have been dismissed for gross misconduct.

However, the EAT upheld the ET’s ruling, saying the reasons a recording was made needed to be taken into account.

Public sector pension scheme rules ‘may have to change’ following appeal court victory

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A woman has won the right to access her late partner’s military pension, following a Court of Appeal ruling experts said could have knock-on effects for the rest of the public sector.

Jane Langford was initially disqualified from receiving her long-term partner’s pension because she had never formally dissolved her marriage to her estranged husband and was therefore was not considered to be in an exclusive relationship – a rule found in most public sector pension schemes.

The MoD had claimed the decision was legitimate and necessary to limit the status of unmarried partners to achieve consistency and ensure the scheme remained affordable; however, the Supreme Court ruled this was unlawful discrimination and unjustified in Langford’s case. Lord Justice McCombe ruled that creating “different classes” of partners not married to service members ran counter to this aim.

Ex-offenders who have served longer sentences may not have to inform employers

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Ex-offenders who have served longer sentences may not have to declare their past convictions to employers under new government proposals.

The new legislation would mean ex-offenders who have served sentences longer than four years would no longer be required to disclose their convictions to an employer after they have passed a ‘rehabilitation period’ without re-offending.

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