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HR mishandling amounts to constructive dismissal, says Tribunal

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A former worker of The Royal British Legion was unfairly dismissed, an Employment Tribunal has ruled, after it became apparent that the charity’s HR team had mishandled the employee’s concerns. The Court heard how Carolyn Bickerstaff, who left...

Sacked AA boss lodges tribunal claim

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A former AA boss, who was sacked in July for assaulting a colleague, will take his case to an Employment Tribunal, it has been reported . AA said it was “astonished” at the legal claim brought by ex-chairman Bob Mackenzie. Mr Mackenzie’s...

Management key to securing employees in 2018, suggests survey

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Around half of employees will look for a new job in 2018 because their wellbeing is not being looked after, a new survey has revealed. HR firm Investors in People, which published the report, found that poor management, feeling undervalued, and a lack of...

European Working Time Directive in debate

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The laws surrounding the maximum hours an employee can work in one week may be scrapped under plans currently debated in Parliament. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said he will recommend that the Government should leave the European Working Time...

Employers fined millions for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage

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A number of high-profile employers have been publically “named and shamed” after not paying staff the legal minimum wage. Sports Direct and Primark are among the 260 companies said to have repaid workers millions of pounds. The figures,...

BBC says BAME-only job is legal under Equality Act

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The BBC has been forced to defend itself after it posted a BAME-only (black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic) job opportunity on its website. Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen criticised the BBC for not supporting “those most in need of a leg up and...

Outsourced workers take university to employment tribunal after it refuses "joint employment"

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Outsourced support staff are filing a legal challenge against University College London after it refused to give them the same employment rights as it does its own staff. Experts are saying the outcome of the “landmark” case could affect...

Employees should be able to report sexual harassment "without fear"

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Employees should be able to report sexual harassment “in confidence and without fear”, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) Director General, Carolyn Fairbairn, has said. The CBI speaks for around 190,000 businesses in total,...

Employers must invest into mental health, study suggests

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A new survey has revealed that just one in five employees feel comfortable discussing mental health in the workplace – amid figures that show that 300,000 jobs are lost each year due to mental health problems. Opinium Research, which published the...

Government launch employment tribunal refund scheme

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The Government has now published details on how both employees and employers who paid now-banned employment tribunal fees can apply for a refund. In July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that paying to bring an employment tribunal claim is unlawful. The...

Foster carer rights claim goes to Employment Tribunal

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A foster carer has filed an employment tribunal claim against a council for unpaid holiday – amid reports that the case could have much wider implications for carers nationwide. Sarah Anderson, a foster carer, said she is used by Hampshire County...

Mentally ill TX Maxx employee "unfairly dismissed", rules Tribunal

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An Employment Tribunal has ruled in favour of a TX Maxx employee who was dismissed over a dispute involving a pair of trainers. Ali Sadeghi worked for the retailer for around 13 years, becoming the Kensington store’s general manager in 2016. The...

Importance of robust background checks highlighted in Uber ban

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Earlier this week, a shock ruling effectively banned Uber, the taxi app firm, from operating in London. Transport for London (TfL) said Uber had failed to, among other things, carry out effective checks of their drivers. These include what’s known as...

Two-thirds of "underpaid" workers are female, says report

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Women are “more likely to be paid less” than the National Minimum Wage (NMW), according to new research. The Low Pay Commission (LPC), which published the report, also says women are least likely to complain about underpayment. According to the...

New study reveals importance of "KIT" days for new mothers

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Women on maternity leave are denied the appropriate training opportunities when compared to colleagues at work, according to a new study. Under current statutory rules, women on maternity leave can agree to have up to 10 keeping-in-touch (KIT) days. Among...

Workers receive back pay after failing to receive minimum wage

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As part of the government's routine "naming and shaming" of employers that have failed to pay their staff the national minimum wage, 13,000 workers are set to receive back pay amounting to £2 million. According to the latest list, 233...

Companies to be forced to publish executive wage ratios from next year

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Companies will be forced to publish how much more their chief executives are paid compared with the average employee, in a move which the Government believe will promote wage equality. The proposals, due to come into effect June 2018, will form part of a...

Man who shared competitor's food offer on social media "unfairly dismissed"

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A man who was dismissed for sharing a competitor firm’s food offer on social media has won an employment tribunal against his former employer, the CIPD has reported. The Manchester Employment Tribunal heard how Michael Hayward had worked for butchers...

Employers obliged to consult with trade unions on workplace changes, rules Court of Appeal

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Employers will be obliged to consult with trade unions around any workplaces issues that could affect workers, according to new guidance from the Court of Appeal. The trade union Unison brought the case alongside two park police officers who had been made...

New Bill to allow grieving parents paid statutory leave

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The Government has presented a new bill which, if successful, will allow grieving parents the right to statutory leave. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will ensure that parents who have suffered the death of a child will receive paid...

Extend NMW legislation to self-employed, says Resolution

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Self-employed workers suffering from extremely low pay should be entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW), a charity has claimed. The Resolution Foundation says about half of the 4.8 million people classified as self-employed are low-paid and earn less...

Employees losing almost £3bn a year

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Recent research has found that British workers lose almost £3bn a year in unpaid wages and holiday, with recruitment agencies being amongst the most likely to be wrongly paying staff. According to a report from Middlesex University, which forms part...