direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, Direct 2 Lawyers’ employment team flag up ten employment law stories that have made the headlines between 17 February 2014 and 23 February 2014.

  1. Changes to TUPE coming into force in the UK – The long awaited and much debated changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) have now been finalised in the snappily titled Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (Lexology)
  2. Bank manager sacked after ‘forwarding lewd pornography’ gets compensation – A Bank of Ireland manager, sacked after he was identified as a link in an alleged pornographic chain of emails, has been awarded compensation by a Circuit Civil Court judge for unfair dismissal (The Irish Independent)
  3. Union is accused of double dealing – Union officials have been accused at an employment tribunal of ‘double dealing’ over offers to end the long-running bus dispute. Two Bus Vannin drivers, David Kelly and Stephen Cowin, are claiming unfair dismissal in test cases brought by the Unite union. The hearing ended on Friday and the panel has announced that no immediate decision is likely (The Isle of Man Today)
  4. Employer not vicariously liable for employee’s attack – In Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc the Court of Appeal has held that an employer was not vicariously liable for an employee’s assault on a customer. There was nothing to show that the attack had a sufficiently close connection with the employment, as required (ELAweb)
  5. Burnley bakery fined after worker loses fingertips in pasty machine – A Burnley bakery has appeared in court after an employee had the tips of two fingers chopped off by a pasty-making machine. Tayyabah Bakery Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safey Executive (HSE) today (20 February 2014) after an investigation found part of a metal guard had been deliberately removed, allowing employees to add fillings to the machine while it was still operating (HSE)
  6. Yvonne Murray-Mooney in unfair dismissal claim – Musselburgh-born running star Yvonne Murray-Mooney is claiming unfair dismissal after she lost her job as athletics development officer with North Lanarkshire Leisure (The Edinburgh Evening News)
  7. Unpaid intern takes on British fashion house Alexander McQueen – The fashion house founded by the late designer Alexander McQueen is being sued by a former intern who worked unpaid for four months. Rachel Watson – not her real name but the one her lawyers want used – is claiming up to £6,415 in “lost wages” and says the fashion house broke the law by not paying her the national minimum wage (The Guardian)
  8. Firearsm officer whose gun was too big for her hands wins sex discrimination case – A firearms officer has won a sex discrimination case against nuclear police chiefs – because her gun was too big for her small hands. Victoria Wheatley, part of the armed unit which protects the Sellafield atomic complex, could not reach her weapon’s trigger. She struggled with the grip of the pistol she was using – a Glock 17 – and her trainers failed to adjust it while carrying out a test shoot on which her job depends (The News and Star)
  9. Public sector’s use of compromise agreements ‘outrageous’ – The use of compromise agreements and special severance payments to terminate employment in the public sector is “simply outrageous”, a parliamentary watchdog says. The Public Accounts Committee accused public sector organisations, such as the NHS, of covering up failure through the use of confidentiality clauses in compromise agreements (The Information Daily)
  10. MoJ vicariously liable for injury caused by prisoner’s negligence – In Cox v Ministry of Justice the Court of Appeal has ruled that the MoJ should be held vicariously liable for the injury caused to a staff member, who managed the catering department, by one of the prisoners, who worked in the kitchens. The prisoner in question was so much part of the work, business and organisation of the prison that it was just to make the MoJ answer for his negligence (ELAweb)

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