It’s the New Year and we have  some all-new employment law stories for you! Enjoy.

  1. Scottish Borders Council taken to Employment Tribunal after male officer sacked for prodding a female colleague (Commercial Blawg) – a Scottish Borders Council officer has issued a claim for unfair dismissal against his former employer after he was sacked for prodding a female colleague.
  2. Coventry school ordered to pay £12,000 in damages to depressed teacher (Coventry Telegraph) – A Coventry schoolteacher has won his disability discrimination claim against his former employer after it failed to adequately support him when he was experiencing depression.
  3. Trade Union activist wins Employment Tribunal claim against the Equality and Human Rights Commission (Socialist Worker) – a Trade Union activist has won her Employment Tribunal claim after her employers – the Equality and Human Rights Commission – threatened to block her from returning to her post from an internal secondment unless she dropped all of her Trade Union activities.
  4. Inverclyde Council taken to Tribunal over equal pay claim (Greenock Telegraph) – Inverclyde Council has been taken to the Employment Tribunal by over 150 women in a discrimination claim and equal pay claim.
  5. Farmhand wins unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal (The Courier) – a Scottish farmhand has won his unfair dismissal claim against his employer after he was fired in a mix-up over holiday dates.
  6. Employment law spat haunts coalition (Financial Times) – the current Government coalition has apparently been split by the extent of the employment law reforms that have taken place and are still to take place.
  7. Seven staff suspended from DVLA after Facebook comments (BBC) – Seven workers in the DVLA office in Swansea have been suspended after comments made on Facebook outside of work hours were reported to their managers.
  8. Facebook users score a win in privacy from employers (Computer and Business Review) – it has been reported that employers are increasingly using Facebook to gain access to current and prospective employees’ profiles and information. Facebook has said that it is taking steps to protect the privacy of its users.
  9. Woman fired in US because she was deemed to be too attractive (The Employer Handbook) – this case (from the US) demonstrates the manifest difference between UK employment law and US employment law. A woman was fired from her employment in Iowa after she was deemed to be too attractive and therefore a threat to her employer’s marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court held that her dismissal was not discriminatory.
  10. £100,000 payoffs for Council chiefs (Telegraph) – The Government has been criticised after it was reported that Council chiefs had received compensation packages of up to £420,000 for terminating their employment contracts

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