Employment law stories in the news – 03.10.2016 to 09.10.2016

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at nine employment law stories that have made headlines between 3 October and 9 October 2016

  1. Businesses react to Conservative plans for listing foreign workers – Business owners have given a mixed reaction to government proposals that could require companies to disclose what percentage of their workforce is non-British. Home Secretary Amber Rudd defended the plans for companies to do more to employ British people, saying she was not “racist” for talking about immigration (BBC)
  2. Construction company fined after worker losses both legs – A Cornish construction company has been fined after their worker had to have both legs amputated, around the knee, after being crushed by a dumper truck. Roger Daw, 58, was operating a fully loaded front tipping dumper on his employer’s site in Liskey Hill, Perranporth. He drove the dumper down an incline where it became imbalanced and overturned (HSE)
  3. Father wins £30,000 after sex discrimination case in row over shared paternal leave – A father has been awarded almost £30,000 for sex discrimination after bosses refused to pay him the same as his wife during their shared parental leave (Herald Scotland)
  4. Anti-abuse charity ordered to pay £75,000 damages to ex-employee – An employment tribunal judged that Ali Khan, the founder of Glasgow-based Roshni, had sexually harassed the woman. A Glasgow-based anti-abuse charity has been ordered to pay almost £75,000 in damages over claims that a former employee was subjected to sexual harassment that left them with post-traumatic stress disorder (The Third Sector)
  5. Leytonstone man Brian Smith, 75, wins £6,822 employment tribunal case – A man who was told he should “go and find a job at B&Q” has won £6,800 in a case against his ex-boss. An employment tribunal found that Brian Smith was unfairly dismissed from his job at Bennetts (Guardian Series)
  6. ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson withdraws unfair dismissal claim – A man found not guilty of defrauding the charity he created has withdrawn a claim for unfair dismissal against it. ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson was cleared of conspiracy to commit fraud in December after the Old Bailey jury failed to reach a verdict (BBC)
  7. Council fined after employee was injured from fall – A Yorkshire council has been fined after an employee was injured when he fell from a ladder. Hull Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) fell from a ladder while descending from a porch roof which was being re-felted (HSE)
  8. Tesco car wash workers got half of minimum wage – A car wash at a Tesco store was found using Romanian workers who were paid half the minimum wage. The premises in Congleton, Cheshire, was operated by Waves Car Wash, which manages about 180 Tesco car washes (BBC)
  9. Unison win holiday pay battle – Thousands of workers whose pay includes commission and overtime could be in for a bonanza after a court ruled on Friday that those earnings should be included when holiday pay is calculated (The Morning Star)