direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at ten employment law stories that have made the news between 9 March 2014 and 16 March 2014.

  1. Children and Families Bill receives Royal Assent – Legislation that will bring into force various changes to maternity, paternity and adoption rights has completed its route through Parliament. The Children and Families Act 2014 received Royal Assent yesterday, later than originally planned, introducing a number of measures (Personnel Today)
  2. Former HMV worker gets €65k in unfair dismissal case – A former HMV security guard, fired for what he called completely untrue allegations that he defrauded the company, has been awarded €65,000 for unfair dismissal (The Herald)
  3. Zero hours contracts consultation closes with over 30,000 responses – The 12 week consultation was launched in late December 2013 by Business Secretary Vince Cable, following a review of evidence on the extent of the use of zero hours contracts conducted last summer (Gov.uk)
  4. Uni ‘bullying’ tribunal judge weighs decision – The employment tribunal of a former events co-ordinator at Kellogg College finished yesterday. Catriona Carter Jonas, of Adkin Way, Wantage, is suing the Chancellor, masters and scholars of Oxford University for alleged discrimination on age grounds, unfair dismissal and non-payment of outstanding wages (The Oxford Times)
  5. Scaffolding firm in court for department store failings – A Hertfordshire scaffolding firm has been fined for a catalogue of safety failings – including throwing and catching metal fittings over the heads of shoppers – as they    erected two scaffolds outside an Oxford department store (HSE)
  6. Concerns over temporary Merton Council staff were raised almost a year before whistleblower probe – The Council’s chief executive was alerted to staff concerns about malpractice, corruption and unlawfulness relating to the hiring of consultants ten months before a whistleblowing document forced him to investigate, it emerged last night (The Wimbledon Guardian)
  7. Hartlepool Council to target bullies with new policy – A council has agreed a new policy aimed at clamping down on bullying and harassment in the workplace. Senior councillors at Hartlepool Borough Council have rubber-stamped the policy document, with senior officers saying bullying will not be tolerated in the local authority (The Hartlepool Mail)
  8. Bullying forced me out, claims hospitals’ whistleblower – A National Health inspector was “vilified, bullied, ridiculed, lied about and ostracised” when she blew the whistle on the failing hospital regulator, an employment tribunal has been told (The Times)
  9. Alleged Islamic plot to take over Birmingham schools may be hoax – Police in Birmingham are investigating whether a document outlining an alleged Islamic fundamentalist plot to “take over” schools in the city was a hoax connected to an employment tribunal involving one of the schools named in the plot (The Guardian)
  10. Stafford firm in court after worker’s arm caught in machine – A ceiling company has been fined for serious safety breaches after a worker required skin grafts on his arm which had been caught in machinery. The 61-year-old man from Stafford was removing hardened-on glue from the lower roller spindle on a laminator machine when his left arm was caught in the drive mechanism at CEP Ceiling Ltd’s premises in Stafford on 21 January 2013 (HSE)

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