Employment law cases in the news – 03.10.2016 to 09.10.2016

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look at ten employment law cases that have made the news between 3 October 2016 and 9 October 2016

  1. Worker injured after being struck by concrete skip – A site manager and a worker have been fined for safety failings after another worker was struck by a concrete skip at a construction site in South London. Woolwich Crown Court heard how on 23 February 2012, Ryan Musgrave, 27, suffered a badly broken left leg and fractures to his right ankle and several ribs, when an empty concrete skip (weighing 215kg) became detached from an excavator and fell onto him at the Harris Academy in Welling (HSE)
  2. Shelterbox founder cleared of fraud withdraws unfair dismissal claim – The found of Helston-based aid charity Shelterbox has withdrawn his claim for unfair dismissal against the organisation (Falmouth Packet)
  3. Anti-abuse charity ordered to pay £75,000 damages to ex-employee – An employment tribunal judged that Ali Khan, the founder of Glasgow-based Roshni, had sexually harassed the woman. A Glasgow-based anti-abuse charity has been ordered to pay almost £75,000 in damages over claims that a former employee was subjected to sexual harassment that left them with post-traumatic stress disorder (The Third Sector)
  4. Barclays FX ‘superstar’ trader Ashton loses dismissal suit – A “superstar” Barclays Plc trader fired amid the foreign-exchange market manipulation scandal lost his unfair dismissal case in London, three weeks after regulators banned him from the U.S. banking industry. The bank took “appropriate actions in light of” Chris Ashton’s “gross misconduct,” a London employment tribunal judge said in a Sept. 19 ruling (The Chicago Tribune)
  5. Tyre explosion seriously injures worker – A tyre maintenance company has been fined after a tyre exploded seriously injuring a worker. Nottingham Crown Court heard an employee of Tyre Maintenance Limited went to the waste and recycling centre in Beeston on 24 September to replace tyres on an excavator (HSE)
  6. Father wins £30,000 six discrimination case in row over shared parental leave – A father has been awarded almost £30,000 for sex discrimination after bosses refused to pay him the same as his wife during their shared parental leave (Herald Scotland)
  7. Tribunal can determine whether settlement agreement invalid for lack of capacity – In Glasgow City Council v Dahhan, the EAT has held that the employment tribunal has jurisdiction to set aside a settlement agreement on the ground that it is invalid because the claimant did not have mental capacity at the time the agreement was concluded (ELAweb)
  8. Succession faces second unfair dismissal claim – Consolidator Succession faces an employment tribunal hearing next week from an ex-business owner who claims she was unfairly dismissed. The tribunal in Watford will hear Lynne Rowland’s claim against Succession that she was unfairly dismissed in July 2015 (City Wire)
  9. Unison win pay battle – Thousands of workers whose pay includes commission and overtime could be in for a bonanza after a court ruled on Friday that those earnings should be included when holiday pay is calculated. Bosses who employ workers on commission have previously based holiday pay only on basic wages (The People’s Daily Morning Star)