Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

In the latest of our series of posts on employment law stories in the news we take a look at ten employment law-related stories that have made headlines this week

  1. Theresa May: I will fine greedy bosses who betray their workers – Irresponsible company bosses who “line their own pockets” while failing to protect workers’ pension schemes are to be hit with huge fines, under plans to be announced by Theresa May’s government within weeks (The Guardian)
  2. UK sick pay is found to breach international legal obligations – Statutory sick pay and government assistance for jobless and self-employed people in the UK have been found to breach international legal obligation. The amount of money available to those claiming statutory sick pay and employment support allowance is “manifestly inadequate”, according to the guardians of an international charter ratified by the UK in 1962 (The Guardian)
  3. District judge not covered by ‘whistleblowing’ provisions – A district judge was an office-holder and not a worker within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and thus was not protected by the “whistleblowing” provisions under that Act. However, the ability to bring proceedings under section 7 of the Human Rights Act 1998 afforded adequate protection for such office holder’s right to freedom of expression (The Sunday Times)
  4. ‘My life is ruined’: Benefits office worker called a ‘whinger’ by bosses cries as tribunal hears bullying claims – A benefits office worker cried at an employment tribunal as he claimed his life and health were ruined by bosses who called him a “whinger” who didn’t deserve to be treated nicely (The Daily Post)
  5. Ex-staff take action over unpaid wages and ageism at celebrity hotspot Beach Blanket Babylon – The Ham&High can reveal that under its former ownership Beach Blanket Babylon, and its founder and ex-owner Hampstead restaurateur Robert Newmark, were subject to a number of allegations including unpaid wages, poor staff treatment and poor hygiene (Ham High)
  6. Employment tribunal fee refunds total £1.8m in two months – More than £1.8m in refunds have been processed since employment tribunal fees were ruled unlawful, according to the Ministry of Justice. The MoJ said it had made 2,151 employment tribunal fee refunds, totalling £1,808,310, between 20 October and 18 December 2017. Over 4,600 refund applications had been received (Personnel Today)
  7. Vattenfall ‘drug abuse’ whistleblower awarded tens of thousands in wrongful dismissal case – A whistleblower sacked after raising concerns about drug abuse and significant health and safety breaches on a major construction project fell victim to “character assassination”, a tribunal has ruled (The Press and Journal)
  8. Sex abuse victim sues HMRC after being sacked over ‘too many sick days’ in run up to trial – The victim of a serial sex attacker is taking legal action against the HMRC after she was sacked by the agency weeks after she gave evidence against him. The 48-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was one of three women targeted by rapist Jason Okwara in Dundee between 2004 and 2012 (The Evening Telegraph)
  9. Female manager, 40, who quit her financial services job because she was paid £7,500 less than a male colleague in the same role more wins £12,000 for discrimination –  A female manager who was paid £7,500 a year less than a male colleague for doing the same job has won her employment tribunal case today. Michelle Smith, 40, quit after her boss allegedly told her that although she was best suited to the post, her colleague John Tucker would receive higher pay (The Daily Mail)
  10. Parish council which sacked cleaner for whistleblowing closes office – A parish council, which sacked its cleaner for whistleblowing about fire safety, claims it has been forced to close its office because of “animosity” shown towards it in the wake of the case (EDP24)

About

Redmans Employment Team deal with employment matters for both employers and employees, including drafting employment contracts and policies, advising employers and employees on compromise agreements, handling day-to-day HR issues, advising on restructures, and handling Employment Tribunal cases for both employers and employees Call 020 3397 3603 to speak to one of the members of our employment team or email us on enquiries@redmans.co.uk. Redmans have offices in Richmond, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kingston, Wimbledon, Ealing, Kings Cross and Marylebone (meetings strictly by appointment only).

Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

You'll receive a callback from a specialist within an hour

Share →

Our awards

Request a callback

Your name

Your email

Your telephone number

Contact us

Please feel free to discuss your own position and concerns. Contact your nearest office on:

T: 020 3397 3603
E: enquiries@redmans.co.uk
W: www.redmans.co.uk

Testimonials

4.62 Average

53 Reviews

Anonymous

Both Rana and Chris were fantastic. From the first phone call I was confident my matter was in good hands. I was not disappointed. I would highly recommend Redmans. Thank you again for all of your support and advice.

Posted 3 days ago

Federico S

Great advices and communication. Through Redmana I obtained match more than what I thought. Highly recommended

Posted 5 days ago

Tom G

A good and efficient service with the required legal advice provided for a settlement agreement.

Posted 5 days ago

Francis T

The solicitor I used was Chris Hadrill, who I found extremely professional and I felt that he made me feel at ease, considering the subject matter he was assisting me with.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Chris provided excellent assistance with the negotiation of my settlement agreement. From start to finish, I was consitently updated and advised on the best course of action to take. I would highly recommend Chris and Redmans Solicitors.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

They are busy people but manage well so generally I would recommend them.

Posted 1 week ago

Anonymous

Very efficient and professional service from my first phone call making an enquiry. Timescales of the matter in hand were met and within the agreed budget. Would highly recommend Redmans

Posted 3 weeks ago

Lisa B

Really very good service, always available to answer questions, provide my with any information I needed to make informed decisions.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Offered good support and advice

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Chris reviewed and managed my compromise agreement swiftly, accurately, helpfully, and on budget. His input on key non-compete clauses was valuable, his communications were clear and concise, and he was always swift in responding. Highly recommended.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Gurbir C

Excellent legal advice service.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Tim

I found Redmans to be very helpful and efficient in conducting my case which was concluded in a timely and diligent manner

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

I found Redman Solicitors to be very good and worked very well to an extremely tight timescale. I would happily recommend them again especially Rana.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

I received excellent, knowledgeable and critically timely support from Chris regarding my settlement agreement, and would wholeheartedly recommend Chris in these matters.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Katelyn

The solicitor communicated well with me and made sure I understood everything. He did everything needed for my settlement agreement and tried to get the wording changed in my favour too.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Anonymous

Redmans provided excellent services

Posted 4 weeks ago

Sibel U

Excellent service

Posted 4 weeks ago

Peter S

I was very happy with the level of advise I received from Caroline Lewis, and a very professional service fron Chris, The advice given really helped me and I was comfortable to sign the settlement agreement following my redundancy. I would be more than happy to recommend your services to others.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Derek S

I very much appreciated the help provided by Redmans in the settlement agreement agreed with my former employer.

Posted 1 month ago

Waseem M

It was the first ime I used Redmans Solicitors and to be honest, thety were amazing. Rana Tandon and Chris Hadrill were out of this world. They made the process as simply and smooth as can be. Thank you so much for all your support over the last week.

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Worked very quickly considering right deadlines - and gave great advice

Posted 1 month ago