Employment law cases in the news – 29.02.2016 to 06.03.2016

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of employment law cases in the news, we take a look at ten employment law cases that have made news between 29 February 2016 and 6 March 2016

  1. Bus bosses locked in board battle set for £80,000 each – Two directors at Lothian Buses who became embroiled in a damaging boardroom row are set to each receive bonuses worth £80,000. Engineering director Bill Devlin and finance director Norman Strachan launched an action against Edinburgh Council through an employment tribunal after being told their bonuses would not be paid (Herald Scotland)
  2. Company fined after worker falls through roof – A Cornish clean energy company has been fined after a worker fell through a fragile roof. Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard how a senior roofer working for Clean Earth Energy Limited was installing solar panels at Homeleigh Garden Centre in Launceston. While traversing the roof, the cement fibre sheeting he was walking on gave way and he fell approximately fifteen feet (HSE)
  3. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea and Eva Carneiro face tribunal hearing – Chelsea and Jose Mourinho face the prospect of their dispute with former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro being made public in June if no agreed settlement can be reached in a private employment tribunal on Monday (Sky)
  4. Ministry of Justice chases IT department whistleblower for tribunal costs – The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is claiming costs from a system analyst who brought an employment tribunal raising allegations of bullying at the Legal Aid Agency. The Ministry of Justice is pursuing an IT specialist for legal costs after an employment tribunal struck out his claim alleging bullying in the IT department (Computer Weekly)
  5. SSI Redcar steelworkers given £6.25m compensation payout by employment judge – Former steelworkers at the mothballed SSI Redcar plant have been awarded a share of £6.25m by an employment judge. The compensation package was awarded because of a “lack of consultation” ahead of the plant’s closure in September (The Mirror)
  6. Company fined after worker injured by machinery – A Swansea company which manufactures plastic sheeting has been fined after an employee suffered serious injury when his hand was caught and dragged into machinery (HSE)
  7. ‘Monstrous, vindictive, cynical and nasty’ – hospital chief explains why £70,000-a-year surgeon was sacked – East Lancashire hospital boss Rob Watson yesterday accused the consultant at the centre of an unfair dismissal case of caring neither about patient safety or his patients. He was giving evidence at the start of the second week of a Manchester Employment tribunal to decide on Aditya Agrawal’s claim he was wrongly sacked from his £70,000 a year job as a liver surgeon (Lancashire Telegraph)
  8. Court holds Morrisons liable for attack by worker – Morrisons supermarket is liable for the actions of a staff member who physically attacked a customer, the Supreme Court has ruled. According to court documents, Amjid Khan was working at a Morrisons petrol station in Birmingham in 2008 when he punched and kicked Ahmed Mohamud (BBC)
  9. Former Aberdeen Royal Infirmary nurse to sue NHS Grampian – A former nurse at NHS Grampian is suing her old employer after claiming she was forced to quit because of repeated clashes with surgeons. Anne Croft, who worked at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and had been employed in the profession for almost 40 years, is currently in the midst of an employment tribunal against the regional health board (Press and Journal)
  10. Ex-HSBC Credit Trader Jorgensen Sues Bank for Unfair Dismissal – Former HSBC Holdings Plc senior credit trader Claus Jorgensen sued the bank for unfair dismissal after being fired last year. A preliminary hearing in Jorgensen’s case will be held at a London employment tribunal on March 18, according to court records. Part of the lawsuit also relates to whistle-blowing allegations, the records say (Bloomberg)