Archive | October, 2010

Royal Mail case shows difficulty of managing staff after harassment allegations

XpertHR reports on an employment tribunal case involving Royal Mail that provides a useful example for employers that have to manage staff in the aftermath of harassment allegations that have been upheld.… continue

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Equality Act 2010: Law Society seeks “urgent meeting” with Equalities Office over compromise agreements drafting error

The Law Society has issued a statement (on its website) that it is seeking urgent talks with the Government Equalities Office over ambiguity in s.147 of the Equality Act 2010, which covers who can be an “independent adviser” for the purposes of a compromise agreement.… continue

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Workers not needed for long periods can be required to take holiday at these times

The Scottish Court of Session has clarified that workers whose job involves long periods when they have to be at work, followed by long periods when their services are not needed, can be required to take their annual leave during those lulls.… continue

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Religious discrimination: British Airways cross worker goes to Europe

Nadia Eweida, the British Airways worker who was prohibited from wearing a visible cross on a chain to work contrary to the airline’s dress code, is bringing her case to the European Court of Human Rights, reports the Personnel Today website.… continue

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Baby P social workers lose unfair dismissal claims

Two social workers who were sacked by Haringey Council after the death of Baby P have lost their claims for unfair dismissal, reports the Daily Telegraph website.… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 18.10.10 to 24.10.10: barmaid dismissed by text message awarded £14,000

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 18 October 2010, including an unfair dismissal payout for a barmaid who was sacked by text message after oversleeping on the day after an 11-hour shift.… continue

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Selection criteria calculation errors identified only after appeal still rendered dismissal unfair

An employment tribunal has held – by a majority – that an employee’s dismissal for redundancy was unfair due to mistakes made by the employer in selection criteria scores, even though those mistakes came to light only at the tribunal hearing.… continue

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Equality Act 2010 codes of practice a step closer

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s codes of practice on employment and equal pay under the Equality Act 2010, which provide guidance for the likes of employment tribunal panels and employment lawyers, have been laid before Parliament.… continue

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Employers want cap on discrimination awards, finds CBI survey

Almost half of employers (44%) in a CBI survey of 330 organisations (PDF format, 1.5MB) believe that the Government should look at introducing a cap on compensation for discrimination claims, as there is with unfair dismissal claims.… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 11.10.10 to 17.10.10: Former MP Jim Devine bullied office manager

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 11 October 2010, including a former MP who bullied and harassed his office manager out of her job.… continue

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