Employment law stories in the news – 28.01.2019 to 03.02.2019

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 have made headlines between 28 January 2019 and 3 February 2019

  1. HMRC boss accused of sex assaults – A senior civil servant at HM Revenue & Customs is reported to have been dismissed after five women made sexual misconduct allegations against him (The Times)
  2. Logistics company fined after driver suffers serious injuries – A Slough-based logistics company has been fined after a driver was struck by a reversing vehicle when he was carrying out a pre-use check on his vehicle (HSE)
  3. Women win in equal pay battle with Glasgow council – The 12,000 women workers who took to the streets of Glasgow in October to fight for equal pay have won their battle with the council (IER)
  4. Sir Philip Green drops ‘gagging’ legal action – Sir Philip Green has dropped legal action against the Daily Telegraph, which prevented the newspaper publishing details of allegations of sexual harassment and racist behaviour (BBC)
  5. Three-month tribunal time limit ‘not fit for purpose’ – The three-month limit for bringing claims in the employment tribunal is not fit for purpose and should be extended, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has said (Personnel Today)
  6. Former TUI pilot sues airline regulators for age discrimination over strict EU rules that forced him to retire at 65 – A former airline pilot is set to sue aviation regulators for age discrimination over strict EU rules that forced him to retire at 65 (The Daily Mail)
  7. Pregnant women to get more job protection – Pregnant women and parents returning to work will receive greater protection from redundancy under new plans. The government proposes extending legal protection against redundancy for pregnant women for six months after they return to work (BBC)
  8. Cleared Tesco executive launches legal action against supermarket following £250m accounting scandal – A former Tesco executive recently cleared over the retail giant’s £250m accounting scandal is suing the supermarket following the collapse of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) case against him last year (City AM)
  9. Islington must pay disabled worker made to hot desk £10,000 – Islington Council must pay a disabled worker more than £10,000 after she was made to hot desk in Finsbury Park, a tribunal has ruled (Islington Gazette)
  10. Employee was not unfairly dismissed over offensive Facebook posts about managing director – An employee’s “extremely derogatory” social media posts about his boss’s generosity in awarding a Christmas bonus did not justify the employer’s failure to give him notice pay when he was dismissed, a tribunal has ruled (People Management)