direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories this week, we take a look at nine stories relating to employment law that have made the news between 7 April and 13 April 2014.

  1. New ACAS early conciliation scheme – From 6 April 2014, a new system of pre-claim conciliation will be in place for all employment tribunal claims. There will be a transitional (voluntary) period between 6 April 2014 and 5 May 2014 and the system will then be mandatory for all claims presented on or after 6 May 2014 (The Lawyer)
  2. Female recruits win injuries payout – The women claimed that parading alongside taller male recruits caused them to over-stride repeatedly over several weeks, which led them to develop spinal and pelvic injuries, the Mail on Sunday reported. Lawyers for one of the recruits claimed the MoD accused the women of exaggerating their symptoms during the five-year legal battle, the newspaper said (The Express & Star)
  3. House builder fined after construction worker seriously injured in fall – A Tyneside house builder has been fined after a worker was seriously injured in a fall when a temporary handrail gave way as she leant on it. The 23-year-old, from Gateshead, who does not want to be named, was working for Bellway Homes Ltd at a site in Earsdon View, Shiremoor, when the incident happened on 4 December 2012 (HSE)
  4. Work disputes scheme ‘saves £19m’ – A service aimed at resolving workplace disputes has benefited the economy by around £19 million, according to a new study. The conciliation service Acas said its early involvement under a scheme launched in 2009 had dealt with 20,000 cases, most of which were resolved without having to go to a tribunal (The Courier)
  5. Bauer Media considers appealing ‘landmark’ unfair dismissal ruling for Radio Clyde DJs Adrian Coll and Kevin Cameron – Bauer Media is considering appealing what has been claimed as a landmark ruling for the UK radio industry after former Radio Clyde presenters, Adrian Coll and Kevin Cameron won their claims for unfair dismissal (The Drum)
  6. Employment Tribunal throws out discrimination case – Optical Express has been cleared of wrongdoing in an employment tribunal brought against it by a former regional manager. Luke Cowell alleged that the multiple’s group operations director Hugh Kerr made derogatory comments to him about a disabled female employee and was sacked after he disclosed them to the multiple’s HR department (Optician Online)
  7. Parliament Has Spent Over £100,000 Fighting Employment Tribunals – The House of Commons has spent over £100,000 fighting staff employment tribunals, the Huffington Post UK can reveal. Following a Freedom of Information request, the House of Commons revealed that it had faced 16 employment tribunal claims since May 2010, spending £91,310.93 on legal costs. Five of the cases were settled at a total additional cost of £14,218.96 (The Huffington Post)
  8. Roof fall lands Leicestershire firm in court – A Leicestershire roofing company has been fined after a worker was injured when he fell more than five metres through a fragile roof light. Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 11 October 2013, a sub-contractor working for K & DE Barnett and Sons was lifting a roof sheet from a stack on top of a loading bay canopy at a warehouse in Green Bank, Melton Mowbray (HSE)
  9. West Midlands Police spend £86k to fight payout claims – West Midlands Police has spent tens of thousands of pounds on legal fees in a bid to fend off a multi-million pound compensation bill for retiring senior officers, it emerged today. The force used the A19 regulation between 2010 and 2013 to forcibly retire officers with 30 years’ service because serving officers cannot be made redundant (Express and Star)

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