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Unfair dismissal remedies: Increase in hours leads to unfair constructive dismissal

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    Humphreys and Glasgow Ltd v Broom and Holt [1989] IRLB 309 EAT (0 other reports)

A unilateral increase in hours of work without consultation constituted a breach of contract entitling employees to resign and claim constructive dismissal, the EAT holds in Humphreys & Glasgow Ltd v Broom and Holt. Furthermore, the EAT upholds the tribunal's conclusion that the dismissal was unfair because the employers failed to establish a "substantial reason" for dismissal; there was no pressing financial need for the change nor was there any pressure from the parent company, which acted as the employers' bankers.