Employees are to be held to period of notice and post-termination restrictions, High Court rules

Employment practitioners say Sunrise Brokers v Rodgers clarifies basic principle of 'no work, no pay'

01 Aug 2014

The High Court has ruled against an employee who, having been hired by a competing firm, walked out of his employment and refused to work his notice period. The judgment has been hailed a common sense victory for employers across the UK.

Derivatives broker, Sunrise Brokers, brought the claim against Michael Rodgers, who left the business in March 2014 after he accepted a position with a competing USA-based business, despite being subject to notice and post-termination restrictions.

Ignoring the fact that he was subject to a fixed term contract to end on 22 September 2014, followed by a 12 months' notice period, Rodgers submitted his written notice on 16 April. Sunrise agreed to reduce his notice to six months followed...

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