Employment law stories in the news – 23.07.2018 to 29.07.2018

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news, we take a look at eight employment law stories that have made headlines between 23 and 29 July 2018

  1. Over 800 employers with ‘significant’ sleep-in underpayments identified by HMRC – At least 800 employers signed up to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) sleep-in wages disclosure scheme before the Court of Appeal ruled such shifts did not need to be paid at national minimum wage (NMW) (People Management)
  2. UK employers to get ‘toolkit’ to help them register EU workers – Employers across the country are to be given an EU citizen “toolkit” to help staff from the bloc to register for a new immigration status that will be legally required after Brexit (The Guardian)
  3. Trans woman ‘bullied at work’ sues former bosses for unfair dismissal – A trans woman claims she was subjected to three years of bullying and intimidation because of her gender in a “gig economy” lawsuit against her former courier firm bosses (The Evening Standard)
  4. Employers must be forced to tackle sexual harassment, say MPs – Ministers should introduce new laws to force employers to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, MPs have said. Employees were being failed by the government, employers and regulators, with current laws insufficient to protect workers and often not available to them in practice anyway, according to a report from parliament’s women and equalities committee (The Guardian)
  5. Trade unions say action needed to protect UK workers in heatwave – The TUC said workers faced health risks due to this year’s abnormally high temperatures. A year-high for the UK of 35C was recorded at Heathrow, in west London, on Thursday (Politics Home)
  6. Former imam of Edinburgh mosque launches unfair dismissal legal fight – The leader of prayers at Edinburgh Central Mosque is suing its board for unfair dismissal after he was sacked. Former imam Yahya Barry was dismissed last September a little over 18 months into the role, he says for “whistleblowing on malpractice” and lifting the lid on a “toxic culture (The Edinburgh Evening News)
  7. West Midlands manufacturing company fined after worker crushed – A manufacturing firm in Worcestershire has been fined after a worker suffered crush injuries when wooden panels fell onto him (HSE)
  8. TUC: One in 12 workers miss out on legal holiday entitlement – One worker in 12 does not take the time off work they should, according to Trades Union Congress (TUC) analysis. In the UK there are 1.2 million workers who receive no annual leave at all, and 2.2 million who get less than the legal minimum holiday of five and a half weeks a year, the organisation said (BBC)