Haddon v Van Den Bergh Foods Ltd: EAT 10 Nov 1999

An employee did not return to work after a presentation to him of a good service award, because he had drunk alcohol. A new policy required staff not to return to work after consuming alcohol, but had also said that alcohol would not be provided.
Held: The tribunal had failed to look properly at how the test of the reasonableness of the employer’s decision was to be assessed. The test went beyond the tribunal asking themselves what they would have done, and must recognise that their standards are not at issue. The tribunal should take care before applying accepted mantra’s.


Morison P J


Gazette 10-Nov-1999, EAT/1160/98, [1999] UKEAT 1160 – 98 – 2909, [1999] ICR 1150, [1999] IRLR 672


Bailii, EATn


Employment Rights Act 1996


England and Wales


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