In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at a number of employment law-related stories that have made the headlines this week. This includes HMRC cracking down on paying interns the minimum wage, a “U-turn” by NHS Trusts over redundancies and a nurse who has failed in her employment tribunal claims

  1. HMRC targets unpaid intern employers – HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is targeting 200 employers who recently advertised internships to ensure they are paying the minimum wage (BBC)
  2. Norfolk and Suffolk NHS in mental health redundancies ‘U-turn’ – Mental health workers made redundant in Norfolk and Suffolk as part of £40m cost savings are to be invited to apply for jobs following a trust review (BBC)
  3. Sexually explicit pictures of bank manager left on work computer – A City IT worker found a sexually explicit photograph of a senior manager on a work computer, an employment tribunal heard. Claudio Pallone, 51, said he discovered the image on a laptop of the colleague, known only as AB, who was pictured naked, in front of a mirror (The Telegraph)
  4. Derry City Council chief wanted Downey ‘out’ – tribunal told – Former City of Culture marketing director Garbhan Downey has claimed that just days before being suspended from his role, he was warned that Derry City Council Chief Executive Sharon O’Connor had plans to “take him out” of the organisation (Derry Journal)
  5. Racing pundit McCririck loses age discrimination case – Racing pundit John McCririck lost his job at Channel 4 because his “pantomime persona” was “unpalatable” to a wide audience, an employment tribunal ruled (BBC)
  6. Tesco unfairly dismissed man – A judge has found “serious procedural failings” led to the discrimination and unfair dismissal of a member of staff at Tesco’s Cheshunt head office. Sion Stanfield, who had worked for Tesco since 2004, won an employment tribunal against the supermarket following his dismissal in July 2012 (The Hertfordshire Mercury)
  7. Man sacked for being in union gets £9,000 payout – Nearly £9,000 in compensation has been awarded to a Leeds worker who claimed he was unfairly dismissed for being a trade union member (The Yorkshire Evening Post)
  8. Former RNLI FD takes charity to Employment Tribunal – Mark Hallam, former finance director of RNLI, is claiming constructive dismissal against the charity at an Employment Tribunal in December (Civil Society)
  9. Sacked oil trader Andrew Kearns launches claim – An oil trader who was sacked because he was said to be not in a fit state after a heavy night out has launched a claim for wrongful dismissal (The Independent)
  10. Ex-nurse loses fight for compensation – A nurse who complained she was ‘hounded out’ of Good Hope Hospital and unfairly criticised by staff following the death of a 30-year-old patient has lost compensation claims for sex and race discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal (The Sutton Coldfield Observer)


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