In the latest of our series on employment law stories in the news, we’ve got some interesting cases for you this week. There’s a number of reports concerning redundancies in workplaces, an accident at work claim over an earring, and a discrimination case involving a sauna, among others.
- Earring woman in £1m damages claim – A manager is suing her employers for more than £1m because she received back injuries picking up an earring (BBC)
- Redundant Hovis workers leave bakery – Hundreds of Hovis workers will leave a factory in Birmingham on Wednesday ahead of its full closure next month (BBC)
- New BBC director-general Tony Hall says severance payments will be capped at £150,000 – Tony Hall, the new BBC director-general, has proposed capping severance payments at £150,000 following the furore over the £450,000 paid to his predecessor George Entwistle (The Telegraph)
- Hotel manager sacked for opening gay sauna awarded unfair dismissal compensation – A former hotel leisure centre manager, who was sacked after he opened a gay sauna, has been awarded over 25,000€ (£21,000) in compensation (Pink News)
- Heathrow security workers sacked for stealing entrance fee money for VIP lounge popular with David Beckham and Rihanna – Two Heathrow airport security workers have been fired for allegedly stealing the entrance fee for the exclusive VIP lounge used by leading celebrities (Mail Online)
- MPs call for new body to regulate workplace pensions – MPs have called for a new regulator to look after workplace pensions. They argue that existing problems will be worsened by the fact that there are now three regulators overseeing the industry (The Independent)
- Airline seeks redundancies in cost-cutting bid – AER Lingus is seeking 100 voluntary redundancies as part of an overall cost-analysis project, as it announced a revenue rise in the first three months of 2013 (Belfast Telegraph)
- Identities of staff who ‘exchanged lewd pornography’ sought by sacked Bank of Ireland manager – The identities of dozens of Bank of Ireland employees, managers and top executives, alleged to have exchanged lewd pornographic e-mails, are to be sought publicly in a fight by a sacked manager to retain his reinstated status (The Independent)
- Redundancy for editor after Twitter campaign fails – A weekly editor who was told his role is to be made redundant the day after his paper posted a 2.1pc sales rise has today officially left his post after a Twitter campaign to save him failed (HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk)
- Catholic midwives win appeal over abortion case – Two Roman Catholic midwives have won a legal battle to avoid taking any part in abortion procedures (BBC)
Stay tuned next week for more employment law news!