direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stores in the news this week, we take a look at nine employment law stories that have made the news between 24 February and 2 March 2014

  1. Kettering General Hospital pays out thousands of pounds – Kettering General Hospital has revealed it had to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in one-off ‘unexpected’ payments last year. Responding to a freedom of information request, the hospital trust said losses over the course of the year amounted to £375,466 (The Northants Telegraph)
  2. Firm sentenced for serious safety breaches – A London firm has been ordered to pay more than £250,000 in fines and costs for safety failings after a worker was killed by a large concrete beam during a dangerous lifting operation in strong winds at a hospital construction site in Essex (HSE)
  3. Female gun cop from elite Met unit sues Yard for alleged race and gender discrimination – Scotland Yard’s elite unit at the centre of the Plebgate scandal was today facing fresh controversy as it emerged a black woman officer is suing for alleged racial discrimination (The Evening Standard)
  4. Ex-ABN Amro Lawyer Sues for Bias Over Black Sheep Remark – ABN Amro Group NV’s former top lawyer in the U.K. sued the Dutch lender for race discrimination over her treatment by an executive who allegedly said “let’s talk about all things black” and claimed he couldn’t see her in a photograph (Bloomberg)
  5. Reading Borough Council’s equality pay fund tops £9.5m – A compensation fund for underpaid female council employees has swollen to £9.5m in just three years – prompting fears it is spiralling out of control. The Equal Pay Back Pay Provision fund, set up in 2011, has ballooned by £5m to £9.5m – even though the value of the reserve was predicted to be £6m this year and £7m in 2016 (The Reading Chronicle)
  6. Stalybridge firm fined after half tonne car drops on mechanic – A vehicle salvage firm in Stalybridge has been fined over multiple safety failings after a car weighing more than half a tonne fell from a forklift truck, crushing a young mechanic underneath (HSE)
  7. Blue Cross senior staff signed gagging orders and received pay-offs totalling £180,000, newspaper alleges – Animal charity declines to comment on reports that employees sent an email to board complaining about the compromise agreements. The Blue Cross has said that any decision to use compromise agreements for departing staff is “never taken lightly”, following claims that six senior staff at the animal charity signed gagging orders and received pay-offs totalling £180,000 (The Third Sector)
  8. Welsh NHS £2.1m redundancy bill for up to 25 people criticised – Nearly £1m has been paid out to six employees of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) in redundancy packages since 2010. Freedom of information requests by the Welsh Conservatives also showed £1.3m was paid by three other health boards (BBC)
  9. Minimum wage: Low Pay Commission backs a 3% increase – The Low Pay Commission has recommended a 3% increase in the minimum wage to £6.50 an hour for adults. It would be the first increase in real terms since 2008, if the government accepts the proposal (BBC)

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