Employment law cases in the news – 09.03.2015 to 15.03.2015

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look att en employment law cases that have made headlines between 9 March and 15 March 2015

  1. Kent firm in court after employee severs toes – An engineering firm in Sheerness has been fined after a 20-year-old worker was left disabled when a metal sheet landed on his feet, severing three toes from one and breaking all the toes on the other (HSE)
  2. Private school staff sacked after pupils allowed to get drunk during supervised trip – Students from a leading Ribble Valley private school were allowed to get drunk during a supervised trip out, a tribunal has heard. The 27 pupils from Moorland High School, in Clitheroe, drank wine, lager and spirits during a visit to an Indian restaurant, the employment tribunal in Manchester was told (The Lancashire Telegraph)
  3. TUC ordered to compensate Merseyside mum ‘forced from job’ after having third child – A mum-of-three won compensation after being “forced out” of her job at Britain’s trade union federation when she returned from maternity leave (The Liverpool Echo)
  4. A19 police retirement: 1,086 officers seek compensation – More than 1,000 former senior police officers are seeking compensation after being forced to retire under the controversial regulation A19. The 1,086 were among 1,335 officers made to go after 30 years’ service under the rule, used by 15 forces to make efficiency savings since 2010 (BBC)
  5. ‘Sex obsessed’ manager at top London shoe shop accused of pest ordeal – A “sex obsessed” manager at one of Britain’s most exclusive shoemakers groped a string of pretty saleswomen, a tribunal heard yesterday. Two assistants were victims of “persistent sexual touching” by Boualem Guerbi who hired only “beautiful girls with nice bodies,” it was claimed (The Express)
  6. Unfairly dismissed headteacher awarded £90,000 – A long-serving headteacher who was unfairly dismissed from her job at All Saints Primary School, after clashing with governors, has been awarded the maximum compensation by a tribunal. Although the figure has not been officially revealed it is understood that Christine Hollidge will receive almost £90,000 (The Midweek Herald)
  7. Prison bosses sued after sacking guard who ‘grabbed inmate’s neck’ in row over dinner – A prison officer who was sacked for allegedly grabbing the neck of an inmate who was demanding second helpings of dinner is suing bosses for unfair dismissal. Ross Callachan, a former guard at HMP Glenochil in Clackmannanshire, is accused of seizing the prisoner after he became aggressive in the middle of food service (Herald Scotland)
  8. Tribunal rules for Wrexham Council employee over increase in work – An Employment tribunal judge has ruled in favour of a woman who felt forced to resign after Wrexham Council increased her workload. The local authority has been ordered to pay more than £8,000 in compensation and fees after the tribunal found in favour of Naomi Squire, 46, from Gresford (News North Wales)
  9. The tribunal of Charlotte Monro, sacked from Whipps Cross Hospital in 2013, resumes – The employment tribunal for a union leader sacked from her job at Whipps Cross Hospital after 26 years over criminal convictions has resumed. Charlotte Monro, who worked as a moving and handling coordinator at the Leytonstone hospital, was sacked in 2013 (The Guardian)
  10. David Cameron steps in after NHS whistleblower is pursued for £100,000 in costs after losing her case on legal technicality – David Cameron has asked Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, to investigate why a whistleblower at one of the country’s largest mental health trusts is being pursued for almost £100,000 in costs after losing her case on a legal technicality (The Independent)