Lawsuit result may impact businesses

by Christopher Evans

A council has lost a court case in which it tried to sue a former employee for a claim of fraudulently withholding medical information.

In what is believed to be a landmark case, Cheltenham borough council lost an action against former chief executive Christine Laird, who it said cost the authority £1 million over her appointment in 2002, when she did not disclose that she had suffered depression.

Ms Laird was off sick from 2005 and the council said it would not have employed her had it known about her illnesses.

However, a high court judge ruled she had not inaccurately answered the question she was posed.

Those running firms may wish to take account of the decision, as it could have implications for their recruitment process and any health issues staff might have.

Last week another landmark judgement decided that staff on long-term sick leave should be entitled to holiday pay and be able to roll over holiday time for periods when they were unable to go away due to their sickness.

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Published on: June 15, 2009

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