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In the latest of our series on employment law-related stories in the news, we take a look this week at personal injury claims in the NHS, a Labour shadow minister addressing Tesco and Next over their employment policies and an anorexic nurse who has settled her Employment Tribunal claim.

  1. Stressed hospital boss lands £370,000 pay day and £24,000 a year for life after he fainted at work as cash-strapped NHS forks out £77 million in injury claims – A hospital chief executive has been paid almost half a million pounds in compensation after he fainted in his office and claimed he could no longer work because of stress. Roger Tarver, 68, was awarded a £370,000 lump sum – plus £24,000 a year for life – after claiming the stress of the job left him psychologically scarred and damaged his heart (The Mail Online)
  2. Boss boasts of holidays in email about redundancies – Director of Wigan council’s environment department, Terry Dunn, asked staff for patience with restructuring plans and said, “you may or may not be directly impacted”. But his mail then took on the style of Ricky Gervais’s The Office character when he boasted about plans to see some of his favourite rock bands and said how he was excited for a two-week holiday in the Canary Islands following his wedding (The Telegraph)
  3. Chris Bryant forced to back down over claim Tesco and Next use cheap migrant workers – Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant has backed down from his blunt claim that the supermarket giant Tesco had undercut the wages of its British employees by recruiting from eastern Europe. The allegation was in a version of the speech briefed to a Sunday newspaper but was missing from the actual speech that he delivered this morning (The Independent)
  4. Success for former Moorlands school headteacher in battle over ‘bullying’ – An ex-headteacher who claims she was forced from her post by a campaign of racist bullying and harassment has won a crucial round of her fight for massive compensation. Sudhana Singh’s appointment as head of Moorlands Primary School in Tilehurst in 2009 heralded months of acrimony, culminating in a parents’ petition against her and the school descending into a state of near chaos, London’s Appeal Court heard (Get Reading)
  5. Hospital whistleblower ‘bullied by colleagues after exposing dangerous nursing practices’ was offered 56 PENCE compensation to settle case – A hospital whistleblower who claims she was bullied by colleagues after raising concerns about nursing practices was offered just 56 pence in compensation to settle her case, a court heard. Healthcare assistant Gillian Austin, 58, is attempting to sue Southend University Hospital for £185,000 in damages claiming she was subjected to six months of victimisation (Mail Online)
  6. More job losses are now feared at Derby City Council – Job losses are “inevitable” and libraries and children’s centres could be run by volunteers because of£39 million of new budget cuts at Derby City Council, unions have warned. Council leader Paul Bayliss has conceded he could not rule out more job losses (Derby Telegraph)
  7. Anorexic nursery teacher handed compensation over dealings with Camden headteacher – The family of a nursery teacher who was forced to leave a children’s centre after developing a severe eating disorder, claim that she has been so traumatised by Camden Council’s treatment of her that she will never be able to work as a teacher again (Ham & High)
  8. Firefighters formerly based in Llanelli take legal action against fire service – Twenty-three firefighters formerly based in Llanelli are taking legal action against the fire service over controversial changes to the town’s crewing system. A collective employment tribunal is being held later this month at Neath Magistrates’ Court, where 23 Fire Brigades’ Union members who were moved to other stations in April will make a claim against employers Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (The Llanelli Star)
  9. Nokia set to slash 8500 jobs at its equipment arm – The troubled Finnish telecoms giant Nokia is considering slashing 8500 jobs, or around 17 per cent of its workforce, at equipment arm Nokia Siemens Networks, which provides infrastructure for mobile carriers (The Independent)
  10. ‘Over the hill at 52’: Car salesman is consigned to the scrap heap by dealership wins age discrimination payout – A car salesman was sacked after being told he was too old – at the age of 52. Gary Hawkins won a compensation payout for age discrimination after he took legal action against motor dealership giant Carcraft (The Mail Online)

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