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Newcastle NHS employee made redundant on vacation wins case

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The Supreme Court docket dismissed the belief’s attraction by a majority of three to 2

An NHS employee despatched a redundancy discover when she was on vacation overseas has received her case on the Supreme Court docket.

The Excessive Court docket and Attraction Court docket had upheld Sandi Haywood’s declare that discover started when she learn the letter, not when it was despatched. The later timing resulted in a better pension.

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Belief’s attraction to the upper courtroom has been dismissed.

Mrs Haywood mentioned she was “relieved the matter has been resolved”.

“I’ve simply wished to be handled pretty and want that the belief recognised this moderately than pursuing the matter and spending important authorized prices which might have been cash spent on affected person care,” she mentioned.

Mrs Haywood, from Gateshead, acquired the termination discover when she returned from Egypt on 27 April, 2011.

Reached 50th birthday

She had requested the belief to not resolve on her redundancy throughout her vacation.

Nevertheless, it despatched the letter by recorded supply on 21 April.

It was returned to the sorting workplace, from the place Mrs Haywood’s father-in-law collected it.

The courts have been requested to rule on whether or not the 12-week discover interval began when Mrs Haywood acquired and skim the letter or when it was despatched.

If the previous, the discover would expire on her 50th birthday, leading to a better pension.

The Excessive Court docket had awarded her just below £400,000 to cowl losses, which had not been paid pending the Supreme Court docket listening to.

The Supreme Court docket dominated a written discover of termination posted to a house handle begins to run when the worker has both learn it or had an inexpensive alternative to take action.

Mrs Haywood labored for Newcastle and North Tyneside Main Care Trusts for greater than 30 years.

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