Employment law stories in the news – 19.04.2021 to 25.04.2021

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news we take a look at ten employment law stories that made headlines between 19 April 2021 and 25 April 201

  1. NHS executive who was fired after complaining her colleagues ‘kept breathing on her’ and ‘making distracting noises’ wins £19,000 payout for unfair dismissal – An NHS executive who was unfairly dismissed for complaining that her colleagues kept ‘breathing on her’ has been given a £19,551 payout (The Daily Mail)
  2. No cap on judicial sitting days next year – There will be no cap on judicial sitting days for the next financial year in order to reduce the backlog of Crown court cases, the Ministry of Justice has announced (The Law Society Gazette)
  3. Addison Lee drivers are workers, Court of Appeal confirms – Addison Lee drivers are workers, not self-employed, and are entitled to the national minimum wage and holiday pay, the Court of Appeal has confirmed (Personnel Today)
  4. Scots Tesco driver sacked for taking toilet breaks at home wins £17k compo – A Tesco delivery driver has won £17,000 after he was sacked for stopping off at his house to use the toilet (The Daily Record)
  5. Construction company fined after apprentice electrician falls from height – Greenway Partnership Limited, a Herefordshire based construction company, has been fined after an apprentice fell two metres during the demolition of part of a school premises (HSE)
  6. Cleaner’s racial harassment claim dismissed after colleague described black customers as ‘coloured’ – A cleaner’s claim for harassment related to race following an older colleague’s use of the term ‘coloured’ to describe customers has been dismissed (People Management)
  7. Ex-housekeeper at Michelle Mone’s £25m mansion tells of ‘immensely upsetting’ relationship with Scots tycoon – An ex-housekeeper at Michelle Mone’s £25million mansion has won a payout after telling a tribunal of her shock dismissal by the Scots underwear tycoon (The Daily Record)
  8. Debenhams: Swansea worker made redundant by conference call after 28 years – When Tina Hardwicke got a Christmas temping job at Swansea’s Debenhams in 1992 she was “proud to get in” at a big-name store. It was the beginning of a 28-year career where she went on to become a supervisor and store trainer (BBC)
  9. Firefighter who saved three people from Grenfell Tower loses unfair dismissal battle after he was sacked for running gardening business while off sick with post-traumatic stress – A firefighter who rescued three people from Grenfell Tower has lost an unfair dismissal battle after he was sacked for continuing to run a gardening firm while off sick (The Daily Mail)
  10. Freshfields report into bank rape allegations not covered by privilege – A report prepared by magic circle firm Freshfields into the alleged rape of a bank employee was not covered by legal privilege, according to an employment tribunal ruling that has now been made public (The Law Society Gazette)