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    ‘Best fit’ hire lands NHS trust with ageism pay-out

    TK Kurikawa/Shutterstock A 50-year-old man has been awarded £7,600 for age and sex discrimination from Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust after informal feedback from a young, mainly female team influenced a hiring decision. Mr McClements applied for a project manager role at the trust and was one of five applicants invited to interview. […] More

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    Postman wins unfair dismissal case over public urination

    Image: Mikecphoto / Shutterstock A postman has won an unfair dismissal case after being sacked by the Royal Mail for urinating in public. In a reserve judgment made early in 2020 employment judge Skehan at Watford tribunal found that the real reason behind Mr Rawal’s sacking was his union activities and poor relationship with his […] More

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    ‘Aggressive’ tactics used to ditch senior execs who are working at home

    Some executives who have childcare obligations are being unfairly penalised because their work had been perceived as suffering as a result of these commitments. Shutterstock Some employers in sectors badly effected by the pandemic have resorted to aggressive tactics with the aim of cutting senior executives without proper compensation, according to a law firm specialising […] More

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    Flexible working: Can we go back on arrangements in future?

    The pandemic rushed many employers into permanent home working arrangementsShutterstock The unprecedented shift towards home and flexible working brought about by Covid-19 has led many employers to announce permanent new arrangements. But what are the legal implications of doing this, asks Jonathan Mansfield? Employees and employers alike have had varied attitudes towards flexible and remote […] More

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    Royal Mail manager wins £230k after bullying complaints not addressed

    Royal Mail’s site in Cardiff, where Mr Shunmugaraja worked Gav Smith / Shutterstock.com A former manager at Royal Mail has won a £230,000 pay-out after his complaints about bullying and discrimination were not adequately addressed, contributing to a decline in his mental health and his subsequent dismissal. Mr Shunmugaraja, a work area manager at Royal […] More

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    Car worker who missed 808 shifts wins unfair dismissal decision

    FotograFFF / Shutterstock.com A Jaguar Land Rover worker who was absent for 808 shifts in 20 years last month won his legal case over unfair dismissal. Birmingham employment tribunal heard that Vic Rumbold, who lived close to the Castle Bromwich plant where he worked, had cost the vehicle manufacturer £95,850 in sick pay. Employment judge […] More

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    Seven key employment law cases from 2020

    The Morrisons case was a landmark one involving the leak of the personal data of 1000s of colleaguesMikael Buck/Morrisons/PA Wire/PA Images While the focus has been on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, HR professionals have still had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2020. We highlight seven noteworthy […] More

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    Gym employees win pay out after ‘women can’t be managers’ comments

    Shutterstock Two female gym employees who were subjected to derogatory comments about their sex by their superior – and were deterred from remaining at the company as a result – have been awarded more than £15,000 in compensation by an employment tribunal. Miss Veitch, a general manager, and Miss Sobihy, a club host and receptionist, […] More

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    Researcher who raised driving time safety concern unfairly dismissed

    Shutterstock A senior employee at a Christian charity was unfairly dismissed after he raised health and safety concerns about the time he was required to spend driving on a work trip, an employment tribunal has found. Dr Parsons, who was employed as head of research and director of studies at Barnabas Fund, which is appealing […] More

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    Exercise bike entrepreneur launches unfair dismissal case

    Photo: Shutterstock (generic exercise bike, posed by model) A woman who developed a high-tech exercise bike has begun a legal case against the company she founded for unfair dismissal after claiming she was ousted because of sex discrimination. Ratna Singh, founder of Birmingham-based Integrated Health Partners, was dismissed as chief executive in October, a decision […] More

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    Top 10 Covid-related claims employers could face in 2021

    Brastock/Shutterstock The Government’s furlough scheme, large-scale redundancies, safe working concerns and the rise of flexible working will have a big impact on employment tribunals for years to come. We highlight 10 employment tribunal claims related to the coronavirus pandemic that employers could face in 2021 and beyond.   1. Breach of contract when cutting furloughed […] More

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