Employment law cases in the news – 18.07.2016 to 24.07.2016

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law cases in the news, we take a look at seven employment law cases that have made headlines between 18 July 2016 and 24 July 2016

  1. Court interpreters’ race claim against the Ministry of Justice fails – Two court interpreters who sued the Ministry of Justice for discrimination have had their claims rejected by the Court of Appeal (CIPD)
  2. EAT upholds tribunal’s decision to award Simmons v Castle uplift – In Olayemi v Athena Medical Centre and anor the EAT has held that an employment tribunal should not have deducted 12.5 per cent from various aspects of the award made to O for discrimination by reason of the fact that she had previously suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (ELAweb)
  3. Worker trapped by three tonne road roller – An exhibitions and displays company has been fined for safety breaches after a labourer was crushed by a road roller. The incident occurred in November 2015 at Quantum Exhibitions & Displays Ltd in Hipperholme (HSE)
  4. Uber using doublespeak over job creation claims, tribunal told – Lawyers representing Uber workers have accused the company of “doublespeak” and speaking with “forked tongues” over claims of job creation and its relationship with drivers. The taxi app company is fighting legal action from drivers who argue they are employees of the organisation rather than independent operators running their own businesses (The Guardian)
  5. MoJ challenge fails on pay of part-time judges – The Ministry of Justice has failed with an attempt to impose a cap on pay for part-time judges writing up longer cases. The department had claimed that part-time judges would be overcompensated under a system where they are paid an additional fee of two-thirds of the daily fee for each day’s sitting (The Law Society Gazette)
  6. Angus based company fined after death of worker – A company that specialises in the application of protective coating systems has been sentenced after a worker became caught on pipe being sprayed with molten metal and lost his life (HSE)
  7. Swastikas drawn on walls of factory toilets in Cardiff, tribunal finds – Swastikas were drawn on the walls of men’s toilets at a factory in Cardiff, an employment tribunal has found.The tribunal, concerning powder coating company Euro Quality Coatings , found the symbols, associated with Nazism, were “unquestionably offensive” (Wales Online)