direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news in the UK, we take a look at the latest employment law-related headlines to hit the media between 16 September 2013 and 22 September 2013, including a CWU rep who has obtained damages in his claim for personal injury, a former medical practice manager who has won her unfair dismissal case and new Labour proposals regarding employment law

  1. CWU rep who experienced bullying at work receives £4,000 – A postal worker and Communication Workers Union (CWU) rep, who experienced bullying at work has received £4,000 in a settlement from Royal Mail (Simpson Millar)
  2. Former medical practice manager wins unfair dismissal case – A medical practice manager accused of putting 250 vulnerable Inkberrow people at potential risk by cancelling flu vaccinations without authorisation following the takeover of her husband’s surgery has won a compensation claim for unfair dismissal (Redditch & Alcester Advertiser)
  3. Tribunal rules sacking of Fife after-school club manager fair – A Fife Council after-school club manager lost her job because of her long-term absence through her father’s illness and death from asbestos exposure (The Courier)
  4. First responder ‘sacked for speeding’ while answering 999 call – Godfrey Smith was a First Responder driving a high visibility ambulance Land Rover but was told he was being dismissed because he drove a 33mph in a 20mph zone (The Express)
  5. Lib Dem conference: Nick Clegg in minimum wage tax pledge – Nick Clegg says he will push to ensure no one on the minimum wage pays income tax if the Lib Dems are in government after the next election (BBC)
  6. Runcorn-based pawnbrokers cleared of unfair dismissal in employment tribunal – A Runcorn pawnbrokers firm has successfully opposed a compensation claim for unfair dismissal. Cash Converters, which is based in Preston Brook, was told it had no case to answer against Craig Tansley, during a preliminary hearing in Birmingham (The Runcorn & Widnes Weekly)
  7. Employment judge allowed to stay in post despite disciplinary finding – An employment judge  has been allowed to continue working – despite a ruling from legal regulators that he is a risk to the public when practising as a solicitor (Wales Online)
  8. Shropshire college must pay out £25,000 in race case – Bosses at a Shropshire college have been forced to pay out more than £25,000 after the UK’s longest-ever running race discrimination case ended (Shropshire Star)
  9. UK government betraying new mothers, says Yvette Cooper – The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has accused the government of betraying new mothers by making it harder for women to tackle employer discrimination (The Guardian)
  10. Ed Miliband: Labour will increase national minimum wage – Labour will increase the national minimum wage, Ed Miliband declared as he set out his party’s plans to help people struggling with the rising cost of living (The Guardian)


The Direct 2 Lawyers Employment Team post daily on interesting employment law cases, Employment Tribunal judgments and Employment Appeal Tribunal judgments. All of the Employment Team posts are written by qualified specialist employment lawyers

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