direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at ten stories related to employment law that have made headlines between 24 March 2014 and 30 March 2014.

  1. Landmark court case may shape legal protection for whistleblowers – A landmark case that could give legal protection to whistleblowers at law firms, hedge funds and accountants is to be heard by the UK’s highest court on Monday. The Supreme Court case relates to a dispute between lawyer Krista Bates van Winkelhof (The Financial Times)
  2. Asda announces 200 redundancies in Leeds and Lutterworth – The Leeds-based supermarket Asda has announced about 200 job losses at its head offices in Leeds and Leicestershire. Staff were told this morning that the redundancies will take place at Asda House in Leeds and the George clothing headquarters in Lutterworth (BBC)
  3. Firm in court after worker suffered radiation burns – A Hartlepool company has been fined after one of its workers suffered radiation burns while carrying out tests on safety equipment. The Redcar man, who has asked not to be named, suffered severe tissue damage to the middle, ring and little fingers of his right hand in the incident at Mistras ETS Ltd on 19 September 2012 (HSE)
  4. Hounslow Council ‘wastes’ £5.9 million on ‘unnecessary’ redundancy costs – Council accused of wasting money by spending £5.9 million above the statutory minimum on redundancy costs over the last five years. Hounslow Council has been accused of ‘wasting’ £5.9 million in five years on ‘unnecessary’ redundancy costs (Get West London)
  5. Rolls-Royce accused of sacking senior engineer for whistle-blowing – Rolls-Royce has been accused of sacking a senior engineer after he blew the whistle on allegations of potentially serious problems with the company’s jet engines. Dr Hilmi Kurt-Elli, who was a senior design engineer on Rolls-Royce engines used on more than 30 different types of passenger jets, claimed at an employment tribunal on Tuesday that he was dismissed after raising safety concerns with the FTSE100 company’s chief executive, John Rishton (HITC Business)
  6. Headteachers quit after they’re paid £120k while suspended – Two high school heads have quit after being suspended for more than a year between them. Levenshulme High’s Amanda Thain, and David Watchorn, veteran head at Abraham Moss High in Crumpsall, have both left after months of wrangling over their futures (Manchester Evening News)
  7. Ex-Christie director claiming £300,000 damages – A former director of The Christie who claims she was bullied is claiming £300,000 damages, the M.E.N can reveal. Tracy Boylin, who was Human Resources director at the world-renowned cancer treatment centre, alleges she was harassed over two months – and at one point even imprisoned in a room – by an external consultant brought in to review the executive team (Manchester Evening News)
  8. Lancashire recycling firm fined over worker’s injuries – A young worker almost lost his arm when it became trapped in machinery at a recycling plant in Lancashire, a court has heard. The 20-year-old employee, from Bolton-by-Bowland in Lancashire, broke his right arm in several places in the incident at Environmental Waste Recycling Ltd in Kelbrook on 7 August 2013 (HSE)
  9. Merseyside Police pay out £54,000 to disgruntled ex-employees – Merseyside Police have paid out £54,000 to disgruntled ex-employees who threatened to take them to court. In the last three years, 18 former officers and civilian employees have started legal proceedings after being dismissed from the force (The Liverpool Echo)
  10. Ex Radio Clyde DJs win claim for unfair dismissal – Former Radio Clyde overnight show presenters Adrian Coll and Kevin Cameron – whose shows were broadcast throughout Scotland – won what was described as a groundbreaking case three years after their dismissal by the station’s owners Bauer (Herald Scotland)


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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