Thames Water ordered to pay £361,000 after fatal accident at work

January 26, 2015

An English utility company has been ordered by the English courts to pay over £350,000 in fines and costs after a long-serving employee was killed in an accident at work in 2010. Thames Water Utilities Limited (“TWUL”) has been fined and ordered to pay costs of £361,000 by the Southwark Crown Court after Mr Raymond […]

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Redundant Nortel employees win Employment Tribunal unfair dismissal claims

December 11, 2014

The BBC has reported that a number of staff made redundant by Nortel have won their claims for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal after they were fired last year. Over 100 staff lost their jobs at the Nortel factory in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, after the Canadian firm made a round of redundancies in […]

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Employee, Worker, or Self-Employed? Pimlico Plumbers Limited v Smith

December 11, 2014

The recent case of Pimlico Plumbers Limited v Smith has been used to consider the question of the employment status of a plumber engaged by a plumbing and maintenance company. Mr Smith claimed unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, entitlement to pay during medical suspension, and failure to provide a statement of employment particulars. In order to […]

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To Whistleblow or not to Whistleblow?

November 26, 2014

It is a question that probably crosses the minds or most workers at some point in their working lives. Say you are aware of your employer flouting health and safety regulations and putting your health, and those of your colleagues, at risk. What do you do? Do you blow the whistle or sit back and […]

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New Flexible Working Rights: Citrix Research Highlights Uncertainty From British SMBs

November 19, 2014

UK working laws changed on 30th June 2014, giving all UK employees* the legal right to request flexible working. But new research (YouGov study on behalf of Citrix) amongst British SMBs reveals that as at June 2014: Only half (55%) of SMB decision makers are aware of the new legislation Almost half (46%) of SMBs […]

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Perth and Kinross Council settle disability discrimination case with former solicitor

November 19, 2014

A former employee of a Scottish council has settled a legal action against her former employers after she won various claims at a tribunal hearing. Valerie Gauld, a solicitor who formerly worked at Perth and Kinross Council, brought claims for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal against the council after she was […]

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How UK Antenatal Laws Have Changed

November 6, 2014

Nowadays Britain’s employment laws change more regularly than ever in order to support the changing lifestyles and family structure of modern British culture. One significant employment law recently that recently came into effect is in respect of authorised absence for antenatal classes. However, this alteration is not solely not for the benefit of pregnant women, […]

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How common are kitchen accidents? Statistics are people too

October 16, 2014

Recent surveys carried out both in North America and Europe clearly demonstrate both the demographic of commercial kitchen workers and the prevalence of certain injuries that they unfortunately all too frequently sustain. Nearly half of the accidents occur to employees under the age of 25 reflecting the low-wage nature of much of this sector and […]

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G4S security guard wins Employment Tribunal claim after he was made a “scapegoat”

October 5, 2014

A former security guard at HM Treasury has won his claim for unfair dismissal against his former employer after it was found that he had been made a “scapegoat” for the failings of the firm. Mr Wilfred Onyia brought legal claims against security firm G4S after he claimed he was forced to resign last year […]

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Changes to Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) May 2014

May 1, 2014

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) were originally introduced to help both employers and employees understand their rights when the business they manage or work for is taken over or sold. A UK adaptation of the European Union Business Transfers Directive, it forms a crucial part of UK labour law, protecting employers when […]

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