Employment law stories in the news – 03.10.2013 to 10.10.2013

MoJIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at a number of employment law cases that have hit the news this week. This includes an unfair dismissal claim which has failed after a Tribunal found the dismissal fair, an NHS whistleblower whose settlement with her former employer has been

  1. West Bromwich-based Dartmouth club rodent issue a ‘joke’, hearing told – A stewardess at a Birmingham-based club had her claim for unfair dismissal rejected after an Employment Tribunal ruled that the club had not been unreasonable in dismissing her (The Birmingham Mail)
  2. NHS whistleblower settled employment tribunal claim after exposing affair between chief executive and colleague – An NHS “whistleblower” who claimed she exposed a secret extra-marital affair between the chief executive of an NHS trust and one of his colleagues received a payoff through a compromise agreement after lodging a complaint  (The Mail Online)
  3. Sharon Shoesmith settles claim for alleged six-figure sum after dismissed in 2008 – Sharon Shoesmith, the former director of children’s services at the London Borough of Haringey, has reportedly received a six-figure sum in settlement for her High Court claim (The Herald Scotland)
  4. Former banker wins employment tribunal claim after being sexually harassed at work – A former Sberbank employee has won her employment tribunal claim for constructive dismissal and sexual harassment after being called “mad” and a “cokehead” at work (Bloomberg)
  5. NHS urged to claw back huge payoffs for managers – NHS bosses should have generous redundancy payoffs clawed back if they find new jobs in the health service, Downing Street said yesterday as outrage grew over “revolving door” payments (The Times)
  6. Payoffs of £200,000 revealed as a result of Government’s health reforms – The latest accounts for a number of NHS Trusts have revealed that NHS managers were given payoffs of up to £200,000 as a result of the Government’s flagship health reforms (The Evening Standard)
  7. Hospital worker loses employment tribunal claim after accusations of sexually abusing a teenager – A former hospital worker has lost his employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal after he was sacked for allegedly sexually abusing a teenager in his care (The Birmingham Mail)
  8. WR Refrigeration makes 232 people redundant – a fridge repair firm has gone into administration, rendering 232 people’s jobs redundant (BBC)
  9. Employment Tribunal rules that “bribe” to an employee was unlawful after Buckinghamshire County Council atttempted to change his terms of employment – An Employment Tribunal has ruled a “bribe” to a union member unlawful after a County Council ruled that the method with which they tried to change the terms of his employment was unlawful (Bucks Herald)