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In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look this week at a PA who has won her Employment Tribunal claim after being sacked from a City of London firm, a Bank of Ireland employee who was awarded 30,000 euros after a Tribunal rule she was discriminated against. and redundancies at Edinburgh Council

  1. PA sacked after affair with boss set for payout – A property tycoon who sacked his PA when his wife found out about their affair faces a huge payout after his former lover won her claim for unfair dismissal (The Evening Standard)
  2. ‘There is a brown envelope hanging above every woman’s head’: Handbag tycoon says threat of tribunals over maternity laws are ‘suffocating bosses’ – As a mother-of-five and wealthy entrepreneur, she knows only too well how much effort it takes to juggle demanding personal and professional roles (Mail Online)
  3. Oil Boss Stokes Controversy With £9m Pay Deal – The boss of a London-listed oil company is poised to reignite a row with leading shareholders by taking a $13.6m (£8.8m) pay and bonus package for last year (Sky News)
  4. The Bank of Ireland is ordered to pay woman €30,000 over discrimination – Grainne Campbell, who is based in Co Donegal, was awarded €30,000 after she was discriminated against after returning to her job from maternity leave (Irish Independent)
  5. Barnt Green woman is successful in unfair dismissal claim – An award winning union representative from Barnt Green, who lost her teaching job after making whistle blowing allegations, has won a compensation claim for unfair dismissal (Bromsgrove Advertiser)
  6. Whistle-blower who revealed details of boss’s secret pay rise loses unfair dismissal claim – Union considering appeal after tribunal rules against Andrea Finney over dismissal as finance officer for housing association Hafan Cymru (Wales Online)
  7. Quangocrat gets £100k redundancy – after a six month paid sabbatical: Arts chief was able to collect pay-off despite working for someone else – A senior manager at the Arts Council is to leave the organisation next week with a six-figure redundancy cheque after taking a six-month paid sabbatical (Mail Online)
  8. Edinburgh Council redundancy payouts hit £15m – The true cost of austerity in Edinburgh has been laid bare as new figures reveal £15 million of golden handshakes have been paid to council staff shed during cost cutting (The Scotsman)
  9. Bankers could face jail after report urges the Government to introduce new criminal offence for reckless management – Britain’s banking bosses should face jail if their decisions force fresh bailouts, the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards says (The Independent)
  10. The BBC has used licence fee payers’ money to buy the silence of more than 500 staff with payouts of up to £500,000 each – According to figures released under Freedom of Information, in the past eight years 539 staff have signed gagging orders at a total cost of £28million (The Telegraph)

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