First West Yorkshire Ltd (T/A First Leeds) v Haigh: EAT 20 Nov 2007

EAT Unfair dismissal – Reasonableness of dismissal
Where an employee is long-term absent on grounds of ill health, and his pension scheme contains provisions entitling him to an ill health pension on grounds of permanent incapacity, an employer will generally be expected to give consideration to ill health retirement before dismissing for incapacity.
The Tribunal did not err in law in approaching the case on that basis, and further it did not err in law in holding that it was unreasonable for the employer to give the employee an ultimatum whereby it would retain him if he agreed to make no application for ill health retirement and dismiss him if he did not agree.


Richardson J


[2007] UKEAT 0246 – 07 – 2011, [2008] IRLR 182




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Updated: 24 July 2022; Ref: scu.342114