Employment law cases in the news – 07.07.2017 to 13.07.2017

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look at ten employment law cases that made headlines between 7 July 2017 and 13 July 2017

  1. Employment tribunal fees cases stayed – Cases arising from the Supreme Court decision in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor, which declared employment tribunal fees unlawful, have been stayed (Personnel Today)
  2. Camden Council chase worker for £10,000 legal fees after failed tribunal claim – Camden’s biggest union claims the Town Hall attempted to “punish” a disgruntled member of staff by trying to make her pay £10,000 in legal fees after her discrimination case was thrown out (Camden News Journal)
  3. District judges win right to extra pay for ‘acting up’ in NI county court – Five district judges in Northern Ireland have been unlawfully discriminated against while “acting up” as deputy county court judges (DCCJ), an employment tribunal has ruled (The Camden Newsletter)
  4. Mother accepts settlement over pregnancy discrimination – A woman who lost her job while she was on maternity leave has accepted a £9,000 settlement from her ex-employer after taking a sex discrimination case (BBC)
  5. Worker fired over social media meat deal post – Deli bosses fired a long-standing employee after he shared a Facebook post about discount meats with his girlfriend. Michael Hayward, who worked for Chadwick’s, in Standish, recommended a firm called Fresh Meat Packs North West to his then-girlfriend Helen Bennett, on social media, an employment tribunal heard (Wigan Today)
  6. Ex-KWM staff ‘offered £4k each’ over redundancy consultation – Thhe administrators of the defunct European arm of King & Wood Mallesons have confirmed there was a ‘technical breach’ of a consultation process on axing staff before the firm went under (The Law Society Gazette)
  7. Martin Lauchlan starts legal action against East Kilbride FC over £20k bonus row – Martin Lauchlan is taking East Kilbride FC to an employment tribunal over £20k worth of unpaid bonuses (The Daily Record)
  8. Agency worker’s Preston care centre assault claim dismissed by tribunal judge – An agency cleaner who made allegations he had been sexually assaulted while working at a charitable neurological care centre has had his claims dismissed by an employment tribunal (The Lancashire Evening Post)
  9. Employment status: Pimlico Plumbers case heads to Supreme Court – The Supreme Court has granted Pimlico Plumbers permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that a plumber who signed an agreement with the company describing him as self-employed was in fact a worker (Personnel Today)
  10. Company fined after injury to worker who was entangled in netting – A vegetable grower has been sentenced after a worker became entangled in netting on a field near Boston, Lincolnshire (HSE)