Employment law stories in the news – 04.07.2016 to 10.07.2016

redmans-blog-newsIn the latest of our series of posts, we take a look at seven employment law stories that have made the news between 4 July 2016 and 10 July 2016

  1. Ex-Leeds United welfare officer Lucy Ward wins £132,000 payout – Leeds United’s former welfare officer has been awarded more than £132,000 in an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination case. Lucy Ward will get £127,229 for sex discrimination and a further £5,525 in respect of unfair dismissal, after leaving Elland Road in July 2015 (BBC)
  2. Worker injured in unguarded machinery – A Monmouthshire based company has been fined after a worker suffered injury in machinery. Newport Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Reid Lifting Limited was using an unguarded milling machine to manufacture an aluminium component (HSE)
  3. MoJ still unsure on employment tribunal fees review – The Ministry of Justice has once again refused to say when it intends to publish a review of the effects of employment tribunal fees. The department was criticised last month by the justice committee of the House of Commons for delaying the publication of the report, which was intended to come out at the end of 2015 (The Law Society Gazette)
  4. Andrea Leadsom called for minimum wage and maternity rights to be scrapped for small businesses – Tory leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom called for the minimum wage and maternity rights to be axed as she demanded “scrapping the entire burden of regulation on micro-businesses” (The Mirror)
  5. Third Ex-Citigroup Trader Wins Unfair Dismissal Lawsuit – A fired Citigroup Inc. currency trader, who claimed his bosses made him a scapegoat for the foreign exchange market-manipulation scandal, said he won a ruling that he was unfairly dismissed (Bloomberg)
  6. A rocket motor company fined for safety failings – An engineering company in Worcestershire, has been fined more than £380,000 for safety failings. Worcester Crown Court heard how an employee of Roxel (Rocket Motor) Limited was inspecting a rocket motor for damages received during the manufacturing process (HSE)
  7. National Living Wage has not led to job losses, survey says – Employers have responded to the new National Living Wage (NLW) by raising prices or reducing profits rather than cutting jobs, according to a survey from the Resolution Foundation (BBC)