Employee dismissed unfairly for ‘humping’ table in front of colleagues.

An Employment Tribunal in North Shields has found that engineering giant, Siemens, unfairly dismissed Robert Cuthbertson after he was accused of ‘humping’ a table in front of colleagues. Robert Cuthbertson was awarded just under £15,000 after they found that ‘no reasonable employer would dismiss an employee for this behaviour.’ Mr Cuthbertson had worked at Siemens […]

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Union to Take Monarch to Employment Tribunal

The union, Unite, is looking set to start legal action against the now defunct airline, Monarch, to court over the handling of staff redundancies Unite, the largest trade union in Britain, has over 4 million members, of which around 1800 of those were employed at Monarch as engineers or cabin crew, is looking to lodge […]

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GDPR. What is it? And What do I need to do?

It’s not long now… No. Not Christmas! I’m talking about the 25th May 2018! The date when the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes in to force. Now I realise that this topic may be sending you crazy or sending you to sleep! But please stick with me… This is important.  If you aren’t aware […]

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Unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal?

We very often hear both terms used when we’re speaking to clients, so we wanted to try and detail the differences between the two, of which there are many. Having to sack an employee is not easy, or simple, but unfortunately, it’s something many, if not all businesses will have to deal with. The dismissal […]

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Supreme Court deems tribunal fees ‘illegal’

Employment Tribunal fees were introduced in 2013 under Chris Grayling, which meant that workers in the UK have been charged a fee for bringing a claim to the employment tribunal, a second fee charged if the claim is heard and a final fee payable if the decision is appealed.

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2 most important employment law cases so far this year

Monitoring employees use of social media in work hours Barbulescu v Romania (ECHR)   In the case of Barbulescu v Romaina (ECHR), the European Court of Human Rights was to examine the scope of the use of social media for private reasons while at work.   The engineer in question was dismissed for using Yahoo [...]

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New Dads could get 3 months paternity Leave

The rules on equality that cover maternity and paternity need to be reviewed, according to MP’s.   In their quest to close the ‘gender pay gap’, father’s should be provided with leave while the mothers return to work   Men have previously been reluctant to play the role of stay at home fathers, MP’s have [...]

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Chinese bank ‘spanks’ under-performing employees

A video has been released online that shows employees of a bank in China being spanked in public for poor performace. The video, which was shot during a training session, shows the instructor asking the employees why the performed so poorly during the training session. The instructor is then shown hitting the employees with a [...]

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