Employment law stories in the news – 30.07.2018 to 05.08.2018

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 30 July and 5 August 2018

  1. Surgeon voted ‘Doctor of the Year’ who quit NHS job amid race row wins £102k payout for unfair dismissal – A consultant NHS surgeon voted “doctor of the year” who was forced to quit his job after being accused of racism has won a £102,000 pay-out for unfair dismissal (The Sun)
  2. Swansea City threatened with bailiffs over unpaid compensation to former director – A former Swansea City Football Club director has threatened the club with bailiffs over unpaid compensation. Steve Penny said he was yet to receive funds following a remedy hearing held on July 5 to discuss compensation he and another ex-director should receive following their dismissal (Wales Online)
  3. Smaller firms should have to report gender pay gap, MPs say – The government should force medium-sized companies to reveal their gender pay gaps and push for larger law firms to include partner pay, a group of MPs recommended on Wednesday (The Guardian)
  4. Designer with anxiety who was transferred out of role wins tribunal
    A designer whose role was changed after her employer became concerned about her anxiety disorder has won claims for disability discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustment at the East London employment tribunal (People Management)
  5. One year on: 80% of tribunal refunds unpaid – Thousands of claimants who paid fees to bring an employment tribunal claim continue to be out of pocket one year on from a damning Supreme Court ruling that rendered fees unlawful (The Law Society Gazette)
  6. Samuel Smith brewery fined over failure to report to Pensions Regulator – Brewery Samuel Smith and its chairman, 73-year-old Humphrey Smith, have been fined nearly £28,000 after admitting failure to supply information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) (Personnel Today)
  7. People may be ‘unfairly stigmatised’ by criminal records checks despite being acquitted, Supreme Court finds – Britain’s highest court has called on the government to ensure that people found not guilty of offences are not “unfairly stigmatised” by criminal record checks (The Independent)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. Manufacturer fined after two killed by spray-booth explosion – A Norwich manufacturing firm has been fined after two employees working with flammable substances in a spray booth were killed by an explosion (HSE)