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Halliday v Laurent Perrier (UK) Ltd UKEAT/0568/10/JOJ
Is it fair to dismiss someone with dyslexia for failure to complete documentation?
Yes, provided that the reason for the dimissal was misconduct or capability rather than the disability itself. In this case the claimant was a salesman and part of his job was to produce reports, and submit expense claims. The claimant repeatedly failed to produce the necessary reports but it was only when disciplinary proceedings were started that he mentioned that his dyslexia, which had been known to the respondent for several years, might be a serious consideration in his performance.
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Until 1999 the statutory maximum limits on monetary awards, which employment tribunals could make, were fixed on a somewhat haphazard and irregular basis. This has now been changed. The Secretary of State must now make annual orders to index-link most maximum limits by reference to changes in RPI for September, up or down, in each year.
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The proposals in the Government's 2006 White Paper on Personal Accounts, the aim of which is to introduce "soft compulsion" into workplace pension provision, are now coming to fruition. On 27 October 2010 the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, confirmed that the Government would proceed with implementing the reforms set out in the Pensions Act 2008 and accompanying regulations, subject to the relatively minor changes recommended by an independent review of the proposed regime.
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