In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories that have hit the headlines this week, we take a look at a number of employment law-related stories that have made the news between 3 October and 10 October 2013. This includes Cornwall Council paying out nearly £1.7 million through compromise agreements to employees, the HSE considering setting up a targeted redundancy scheme and Gus Poyet settling his Employment Tribunal claim with Brighton Football Club

  1. Ex-Cornwall Council employee payouts cost public £1.7m – Ex-Cornwall Council employees were paid nearly £1.7m in “compromise agreements” to not challenge their departure. In four years, 135 were signed. The contracts frequently include confidentiality clauses to prevent ex-staff from talking to the media (BBC)
  2. HSE to launch ‘targeted redundancy scheme’ for staff in January – The HSE is to launch a ‘targeted voluntary redundancy scheme’ for staff in January. In a letter from Human Resources boss Barry O’Brien, staff were told they could avail of the scheme in two months’ time (The Irish Independent)
  3. More than 2,000 NHS staff made redundant and rehired under current government, claims Ed Miliband  – More than 2,000 NHS staff have been made redundant and rehired under the coalition Government, Labour leader Ed Miliband has said. Mr Miliband claimed Prime Minister David Cameron was clueless about the NHS as he also revealed that 2,300 health staff had received £100,000-plus pay-offs since the last election (The Independent)
  4. Nottinghamshire Police sergeant sacked for lewd act on coach – A Nottinghamshire Police sergeant has been sacked after he was reported to have exposed himself on a coach. The 31-year-old officer, who was off-duty, was also reported to have carried out a lewd act as he returned from a police rally in London last year (BBC)
  5. £10m of golden goodbyes paid out to redundant NHS bosses in the South West – A controversial shake-up of the NHS cost the South West’s health service nearly £10 million in redundancy payouts, with one executive walking away with a bumper £450,000 settlement (Express & Echo)
  6. Government considering legal changes to enforce payment of tribunal awards – Employers could be asked to provide up-front deposits to ensure payment of awards made by an employment tribunal, while those that do not pay employees what they are owed could be ‘named and shamed’, under plans being considered by the Government (Out Law)
  7. Exeter-based Flybe announces 500 redundancies – Flybe has announced plans to cut 500 jobs as part of an accelerated cost-cutting drive. The news came as the Exeter-based airline reported a significantly improved financial performance in the six months to the end of September (Express & Echo)
  8. Don’t let club disappear: plea for Royal British Legion members to come forward as club faces £70k bill – A race against time has begun to find members of a Royal British Legion Club in the hope of saving it. The Boscombe club faces liquidation after running into financial difficulties (The Daily Echo)
  9. Trader called Crazy Miss Cokehead by colleagues is ‘vindicated by tribunal’ – A City trader who earned £750,000 a year but was wrongly dubbed “Crazy Miss Cokehead” in a smear campaign by colleagues is set to claim up to £5 million in damages after winning an employment tribunal case (The Evening Standard)
  10. Gus Poyet reaches settlement with Brighton – Gus Poyet’s Employment Tribunal claim against Brighton has been withdrawn. The Sunderland manager was dismissed by the Sky Bet Championship side in June over an alleged incident of gross misconduct whilst in the care of his duties (Sky Sports)

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