October case law round-up

Court-judgement

Here is a round up of case law impacting employee benefits, where rulings have been made in the last month.

A former Nestle’s employee has been ruled to be liable for the tax on a lump sum payment received in exchange for giving up membership of the organisation’s healthcare scheme.

An employment tribunal has ruled that failure to inform an employee about the end of a colleague’s contract does not result in maternity discrimination. 

Employers could be liable to pay pension contributions to employees who are found to have been unfairly dismissed and have lost out on pension rights as a result. In the case of Griffin v Plymouth Hospital, the claimant successfully brought claims for constructive unfair dismissal and for disability discrimination on the basis of a breach by the hospital trust of its duty to make reasonable adjustments.