In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at a number of employment law matters that have made the headlines between 18 November and 25 November 2013. This includes a £2.3 million payout by Southampton City Council, a former Glencore oil trader making a claim for wrongful dismissal in the high court and an MP calling for more action to be taken over unpaid employment tribunal awards

  1. £2.8m payout for Southampton City Council staff after legal challenge by Unite union – Following a legal challenge by the union Unite, the Daily Echo can reveal that the council is paying back £2.8m to thousands of employees, bringing to an end a bitter three-yearlong dispute (The Daily Echo)
  2. Ex-Glencore Oil Trader Can’t Sue for Shares Worth $1 Million – A Glencore International (GLEN) Plc trader fired over an alleged alcohol problem can’t sue the company to recover a share award worth about $1 million, that were awarded when he was hired, a U.K. court ruled (Bloomberg)
  3. Former Tote staff could take Betfred to employment tribunal – Workers at the former Tote bookmakers, now owned by Betfred, could take their new employer to an employment tribunal over changes to their terms and conditions (The Manchester Evening News)
  4. Factory staff ‘terrified’ of sacked bosses, tribunal told – Nightshift staff ‘lived in terror’ at a chicken factory where three workers were sacked amid claims they took cash bribes for jobs, a Birmingham employment tribunal was told. Judge David Dimbylow heard the shift at 2 Sisters Food Group’s West Bromwich base was run “like a gang” by supervisor Baljit Johal, shift manager Mukesh Kumar and trainer Balwinder Jackhu (The Birmingham Mail)
  5. Unions demand public inquiry over blacklisting workers – Trade unions in Wales want a public inquiry into blacklisting workers after an illegal list naming construction workers was found. Unions will demonstrate in Cardiff Bay later over the discovery, which had more than than 3,000 UK names including 111 from Wales (BBC)
  6. Clegg: Too Many Mums ‘Shoved Aside’ At Work – The problem of mothers feeling “shoved aside” in the workplace is “far too common” and also bad for the economy, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said (Sky News)
  7. Bereavement leave for parents ‘should be guaranteed’ – Most people would support a national guaranteed bereavement leave after the death of a family member, according to an opinion poll. Currently there is no entitlement to leave – even following a child’s death (BBC)
  8. Builder Sir Robert McAlpine denies keeping blacklist – The construction company Sir Robert McAlpine has admitted to a high court judge before a hearing this week that a database of names and information held on workers over decades helped it “keep an eye” on individuals, but it denies that the data amounted to an employment blacklist (The Guardian)
  9. Social care providers flouting minimum wage rules, tax inspectors find – Almost half of private firms caring for the elderly have been paying workers less than the national minimum wage, investigations by tax inspectors have revealed (The Guardian)
  10. MP calls for more action after report on tribunals – Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd has welcomed a report into payments ordered at employment tribunals but said more needs to be done to ensure people receive costs and damages awarded to them (The Eastbourne Herald)


The Direct 2 Lawyers Employment Team post daily on interesting employment law cases, Employment Tribunal judgments and Employment Appeal Tribunal judgments. All of the Employment Team posts are written by qualified specialist employment lawyers

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