direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news in the UK, we take a look at the latest employment law-related headlines to hit the media between 23 September 2013 and 29 September 2013, including the first charges under the Bribery Act 2010, Labour stating that it wishes to launch a full inquiry into blacklisting in the construction industry and a training company found liable for racial discrimination in the employment tribunal

  1. First UK Bribery Act defendants appear in court – The first defendants to be charged by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) under the UK Bribery Act since it was introduced in 2011 appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday (City AM)
  2. Construction industry blacklisting needs inquiry, says Chuka Umunna – Labour wants to launch a full inquiry into the “disgraceful” blacklisting of workers in the construction industry, the party’s business spokesman has said (The Guardian)
  3. ‘Glass ceiling is getting thicker for women’ – Women are perceived to be struggling more than ever to reach the top level in their chosen careers, with 80 per cent people polled saying they believe in the “glass ceiling was getting thicker” (The Telegraph)
  4. Sacked banker agrees settlement – A City banker who was sacked after bosses discovered she was suing her former employer for sex discrimination has reached an out-of-court settlement on confidential terms (The Belfast Telegraph)
  5. Christian doctor’s ‘victimisation’ claims rejected by Employment Tribunal – A former paediatric consultant who claimed he was unfairly dismissed on the grounds of his Christian beliefs has had his case rejected by an Employment Appeal Tribunal (The Secular Society)
  6. Older women face ‘outdated policies’ – Despite women in their 50s and 60s being healthier and more accomplished than ever, they face “public policy… rooted in the past”, a report says. Labour’s Commission on Older Women calls for better careers support and workplace flexibility to deal with them taking on caring responsibilities (BBC)
  7. Balls to take aim at Osborne’s ‘shares for rights’ – The much-criticised shares for rights scheme, and effective tax cuts for hedge funds, would be scrapped under a Labour government, Ed Balls will say on Monday as he attacks George Osborne for “standing up for a privileged few (The Financial Times)
  8. Secretary studies law to fight employment tribunal – A former secretary who studied law to help take her former employers to a tribunal has gained a first class degree. Alex Gibson left her job after claiming she was bullied about her dyslexia (BBC)
  9. Top City broker ‘subjected to years of racist abuse by colleagues who called him a curry muncher and made Nazi salutes’ – A city broker is suing his former employers after he claims he was subjected to years of ‘racist abuse’. Ozman Mirza, a British broker of Pakistani origin at Tradition Securities, claims white colleagues yelled abuse at him across the trading floor, branding him a ‘filthy f******* Indian’ and ‘curry muncher’ (The Mail Online)
  10. A4e found guilty of racial discrimination – The training company A4e has been found guilty of racial discrimination and been ordered to pay out £50,000 in compensation, the Guardian has learned. Employment tribunal judges found that the company, paid £345m by the Department for Work and Pensions for its back-to-work employment services since 2010, racially discriminated against Rohim Ullah when it unlawfully dismissed him from its Bradford office in 2011 (The Guardian)

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