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-related headlines that have made the news between 03.02.2014 and 09.02.2014

  1. Metal firm owner sentenced for lead exposure failures – The owner of a Nottinghamshire alloy firm has been sentenced for failing to protect workers from the risks of lead poisoning after three employees became seriously ill. They included Brook Northey, 28, of Mansfield, who required specialist treatment at the West Midlands Poisons Unit after working at LDB Light Alloys Ltd, owned by Mansfield businessman Laurence Brown (HSE)
  2. Ex-paramedic in line for payout after winning unfair dismissal battle – A former paramedic is set for a big-money payout after winning an unfair dismissal claim against West Midlands Ambulance Service. David Alvas, who worked for the service for 19 years, was fired after being off for a year with back and hip injuries he suffered while performing his duties (Birmingham Mail)
  3. Belfast bus topple driver wins £37,000 for unfair dismissal – A bus driver who crashed and toppled his double decker after blacking out has won his claim for unfair dismissal. The ex-Translink employee was awarded £37,585.50 in compensation after a tribunal concluded his redeployment to a job as a cleaner following the incident amounted to unfair dismissal (The Belfast Telegraph)
  4. Caroline Thomson ‘pleaded’ to work notice period at BBC – The BBC’s former chief operating officer, Caroline Thomson, told MPs how she “pleaded” to work her notice as part of her controversial £680,000 payoff, but was refused by the man who beat her to the corporation’s top job, George Entwistle (The Guardian)
  5. Grangemouth Unite convener Mark Lyon sacked – A union convener at the Grangemouth petrochemicals complex, the scene of a bitter industrial dispute last year, has been sacked. Unite said Mark Lyon was dismissed for not stopping the union from commenting over fears of job losses at the plant (BBC)
  6. Optical Express manager ‘asked colleague to rate attractiveness of female workers’ – Hugh Kerr is said to have asked one of his regional managers, Luke Cowell, to assess the physical attributes of other managers and particularly women (The Manchester Evening News)
  7. Court told Sheffield firm failed to pay national minimum wage – A Sheffield renewable energy product company has been ordered to pay £4,995.15 for failing to meet its legal obligations as an employer to pay the National Minimum Wage (The Star)
  8. Alan Hardwick ‘ignored legal advice’ when suspending Neil Rhodes from position at Lincolnshire Police – Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick ignored legal advice and refused to back down in his decision to suspend top cop Neil Rhodes, a damning report revealed today (The Lincolnshire Echo)
  9. Cameron pledges to cut red tape for small business – Thousands of rules affecting business are to be scrapped or amended, David Cameron has told a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) conference (BBC)
  10. Former employee claims ex-MP Jim Devine made defamatory statements about her to ‘cover up his own actions’ – A former politician’s employee accused the ex-MP of making defamatory statements about her to “cover up his own actions” (Herald Scotland)


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