Employment law stories in the news – 07.10.2013 to 13.10.2013

MoJIn the latest of our series of employment law stories in the news this week, we take a look at employment law-related stories that have made the headlines between 7 October 2013 and 13 October 2013. This includes a reported Home Office plan exploring “bounties” for corporate whistleblowers, data from the CIPD and Simply Health which shows an uptick in the number of staff suffering stress and depression and the panel in John McCririck’s Employment Tribunal claim retiring to consider judgment

  1. Home Office looks at ‘bounty’ plan for corporate whistleblowers – Whistleblowers in the UK who uncover economic crime would be paid for information under US-style proposals put forward by the government, potentially leading to a surge of white-collar informants seeking big payouts (The Financial Times)
  2. Stress and depression on the up amongst staff – Data from the forthcoming annual absence management report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Simply Health reveals almost 40pc of organisations identified an increase in the amount of time being taking off by staff because of the stress (The Telegraph)
  3. Ofsted: ‘relax rules on declaring criminal convictions’ – Ministers should scrap the existing “one size fits all” approach to criminal convictions because it acts as a “clear barrier to employment”, it was claimed. The education watchdog said the courts should be given discretion to allow individual prisoners to keep their convictions secret after being released from jail – particularly if they study English and maths courses while behind bars (The Telegraph)
  4. BBC journalist faced discrimination ‘because he was Coptic Christian’ – Said Shehata, 43, claims that he suffered “discrimination, victimisation and unfair treatment” from his managers and editors as a result of his religion. He brought his case after missing out on a permanent job as a senior broadcast journalist at BBC Arabic, the oldest and largest of the Corporation’s non-English language services, while nine Muslim colleagues were chosen (The Telegraph)
  5. Former perfume counter manager alleges subconscious racial and gender discrimination led to dismissal – A former perfume counter manager claims he lost his job at a North-East department store amid subconscious racial and gender discrimination (The Northern Echo)
  6. More female directors but ‘too few in executive roles’ – More women need to be appointed to top executive posts, campaigners urged today as the latest figures showed a rise in the number of female company directors (The Evening Standard)
  7. Dundee HMRC call centre criticised for sacking disabled woman – Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Dundee call centre has been severely criticised for the second time in a fortnight by an employment tribunal after sacking another disabled employee (The Courier)
  8. John McCririck tribunal panel retires to consider ‘ageism’ verdict – John McCririck’s legal team sought to cast doubt on the credibility of the evidence given by a senior Channel 4 figure as the hearing into his claim for damages against the broadcaster was brought to a close on Monday (The Guardian)
  9. Human rights fear over bankers’ bonuses – UK financial watchdogs are examining whether plans to strip bankers of outstanding bonuses if their institution is bailed out by the government would contravene European human rights law (The Financial Times)