In the latest of our series on employment law stories in the news, we look at employment law-related media headlines which have hit the news between 22 July 2013 and 28 July 2013. This includes Paolo di Canio settling his claim against Swindon Town, the Metropolitan Police making a number of redundancies and an Employment Judge telling a Claimant to walk to the Employment Tribunal.

  1. Secrecy row over CPS redundancy payouts – The Crown Prosecution Service has risked a secrecy row after refusing to identify a senior employee handed a £623,555 redundancy payout. The large package was among almost 1,300 handed out to lawyers and civil servants who left the CPS in the last three years (The Telegraph)
  2. Paolo Di Canio set to take Town to tribunal – Paolo Di Canio is due to take Swindon Town to an employment tribunal later this week, as the fall-out following his departure as manager earlier this year continues. The Italian, who quit the club in mid-February, is scheduled to attend a hearing in Bristol on Friday morning where he will lodge a claim against the club. The specifics of the case are unclear (This Is Swindon Town FC)
  3. Met spends £90m on pay-offs for 2,000 civilian workers – Scotland Yard made redundancy payments of more than £90 million in total to civilian staff in the last two years to cut costs. More than 2,000 Met employees received compensation in the period as a result of a voluntary exit scheme, including 41 staff who were paid exit packages of between £150,000 and £250,000 (Evening Standard)
  4. City council using more taxpayers’ cash to appeal £100,000 tribunal payout – Dundee City Council has come under fire after it emerged it is to appeal an employment tribunal judgment which awarded a former employee more than £100,000 after she was subjected to a lengthy period of sexual and abusive harassment (The Courier)
  5. Di Canio and Town settle out of court – Swindon Town and Paolo Di Canio will no longer contest an employment tribunal on Friday after reaching a settlement out of court. The former Robins boss, who quit the County Ground earlier this year citing “broken promises”, had been set to take his former employers to a hearing in Bristol where it is believed he would have attempted to claim back wages for the second half of February, following his resignation (This is Swindon Town FC)
  6. Pay cut ‘could avert redundancies’ at Cambridgeshire County Council – Staff at Cambridgeshire County Council could have to take an annual pay cut of hundreds of pounds each. An across-the-board pay cut of between 2 and 3 per cent is among the options workers are being consulted on in a bid to save £3 million annually (Cambridge News)
  7. Sacked teacher told to walk to tribunal by judge – A sacked teacher who complained she could not afford the bus fare to attend her Birmingham Employment Tribunal case was advised by a judge to follow his example and walk to the hearing. Tribunal judge Mr David Goodier told Sharon Miller: “Like you I also live in the Harborne area and most days I walk to the tribunal – it takes me about an hour. I am about 20 years older than you and I would advise you to get up early and walk.” (The Birmingham Mail)
  8. Glasgow journalists vote for strike over Herald redundancies – Members of the National Union of Journalists working in Glasgow for Newsquest/Gannett have voted for strike action to oppose redundancies (The Guardian)
  9. Ken Bates: I was sacked as Leeds president because of jet contract – Ken Bates says he was abruptly sacked from his tenure as the Leeds United president by the new owners, GFH, after he entered the club into a contract with the private aeroplane company 247 Jet that could be used to fly him to Leeds from his Monaco home (The Guardian)
  10. ‘A great day for Britain’s worst bosses’: Unions protest at new ‘Victorian’ employment tribunal fees – Protests will be held today as controversial new fees come into force for workers taking cases to employment tribunals. Frances O’Grady said: “Today is a great day for Britain’s worst bosses.” (The Independent)


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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