direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at some employment law-related stories that have hit the headlines between 14 October 2013 and 20 October 2013. This includes a payout over two Employment Tribunal claims against Lymm High School, a former teacher who has won her unfair dismissal claim against her former employers and an alleged payout at the Wirral Council

  1. £35k in compensation paid out by Lymm High School – Lymm High School was forced to pay £35,000 in compensation after two claims were submitted to the employment tribunal service. In the past five years, one member of staff from the academy school was awarded a payout of £30,000 for unfair dismissal with another handed compensation amounting to £5,000 for unknown reasons (The Warrington Guardian)
  2. Judge accepts sacked PCSO’s claim she had amnesia when she forgot to tell Scotland Yard of a previous theft conviction – A sacked PCSO who is suing London’s Metropolitan Police for discrimination has successfully argued she did not know she had amnesia when she failed to declare a conviction for theft (The Mail Online)
  3. Teacher Kay Hart ‘dismissed unfairly’ from Central Primary School in Watford – A former special needs teacher has won an unfair dismissal case against the Watford school which sacked her after the sudden death of her husband left her battling depression. Kay Hart was dismissed from Central Primary School seven months after going on sick leave due to being diagnosed with the reactive depression (The Watford Observer)
  4. “Whistleblowing” LFC chauffeur finishes giving evidence in employment tribunal – The Liverpool FC chauffeur at the centre of whistleblowing allegations finished giving his evidence today. Ex-policeman Dave Sloan, 50, of Garston, is bringing a case of constructive dismissal against the club where he worked for four years (The Liverpool Echo)
  5. Tower Hamlets slammed after chief lands £115,000 payout – A town hall chief received a £115,000 payout, causing a government minister to accuse Tower Hamlets Council of “outrageous waste.” The council, which is facing budget cuts totalling £100million over three years, has been criticised by local government minister Brandon Lewis after it made the six figure payment last year (The Docklands & East London Advertiser)
  6. Care Quality Commission pays £800k in severance to four executives – The watchdog that regulates England’s health and adult social care providers has paid out almost £800,000 in severance packages to four departing executives, it has emerged (The Guardian)
  7. ‘Veil of secrecy’ over Wirral Council payout rumours – Questions are being asked over rumours that a substantial compensation payment has been made to a unnamed Wirral Council officer. A “veil of secrecy” surrounding the issue has been criticised by the leader of Tory group, Cllr Jeff Green (The Wirral Globe)
  8. £400,000 cost of Denbighshire council’s gagging orders – Denbighshire council bosses have paid out more than £400,000 in 17 gagging orders to stop staff revealing information about the authority. The so-called ‘compromise agreements’ were paid to 17 Denbighshire County Council employees when they left the organisation between 2009 and 2013 (The Rhyl Journal)
  9. Royal Veterinary College data breach highlights importance of guidance on personal devices – The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning organisations that they must make sure that their data protection policies reflect how the modern workforce are using personal devices for work (The ICO)
  10. Wirral Council leader silent on pay-out rumour – Wirral council’s leader has refused to say whether he knew about a £48,000 “compensation” payment to a senior council officer. At a meeting of the full council, Cllr Phil Davies was quizzed about his knowledge of rumours that the payment had been made (The Liverpool Daily Post)


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