In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we have below ten employment law stories that have made the headlines  between 25 November and 1 December 2013. This includes the Ministry of Defence paying out to injured female recruits, Nick Clegg commenting on the problems that mothers face at work and two whistleblowers who are still waiting to receive their monies after their employment tribunal victory

  1. MoD pays out £100,000 to female RAF recruits injured from marching in step with the men – Three female RAF recruits have each been given £100,000 by the Ministry of Defence after incurring injuries from marching in step with their male colleagues  (The Independent)
  2. 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)
  3. Npower confirms 1,460 UK jobs to go – Energy giant Npower has confirmed that 1,460 UK jobs are to go as part of a major corporate restructuring, The company, owned by Germany’s RWE, plans to outsource much of its customer service and back office functions to Capita and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), it said in a statement (BBC)
  4. Met pays out £666,000 to settle 56 racism claims – Almost £666,000 in compensation has been paid out by Scotland Yard to settle racism claims. The majority of the payouts, which were made between 2009 and 2013, were out-of-court settlements (The Evening Standard)
  5. Commission proposes rules to help protect against the theft of confidential business information – The European Commission has today proposed new rules on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (Europa)
  6. Ex-Credit Suisse Analyst Settles Age-Discrimination Case – Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) reached a confidential settlement with a 57-year-old analyst who won an age-discrimination claim against the bank earlier this year. Retail analyst Tony Shiret said he couldn’t disclose the terms of the agreement after a hearing at a London employment tribunal today. “I’m glad this is over,” he said (Bloomberg)
  7. Former consultant neurologist suing NHS Tayside for unfair dismissal – A former consultant neurologist at Ninewells Hospital who was struck off following the death of a patient from a brain seizure is suing NHS Tayside for unfair dismissal (The Courier)
  8. Scots fire brigade faces tribunal from former chief – An outspoken former regional fire chief has launched a “substantial” claim for compensation from the fire service over allegations that he was the victim of age discrimination (The Scotsman)
  9. Fathers will be able to share parental leave from April 2015 – Men are too often mocked in the work place for wanting to go part time or leaving early to pick up their children, the Liberal Democrat equalities minister has said, as she announced detailed plans for new mums and dads to share a year of parental leave after the birth of a child (The Guardian)
  10. Tribunal orders care home boss to pay whistleblowers £40,000 – A pair of care home whistleblowers have won their latest legal battle – but are still waiting to find out whether they will receive the money they are owed (The Plymouth 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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