Want to talk to an expert employment law solicitor?

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

redmans-blog-newsIn 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 6 April and 12 April 2015

  1. Hertfordshire manufacturer in court after worker breaks arm in mailing machine – A Hertfordshire packaging company has been fined for safety failings after a worker broke his arm in a poorly guarded mailing machine at a factory in Melbourn (HSE)
  2. Acas research reveals contracts as top concern in British workplaces – New independent research has found that the most common subjects of 1,685 calls to the Acas Helpline were around ‘contracts’ (43%) and ‘discipline, dismissal and grievance’ (42%). The third most common subject group was ‘redundancy, lay-offs and business transfers’ (25%) (HR Director)
  3. Labour pledges to abolish tribunal fees system – Labour has pledged to abolish the employment tribunal fees system if the party comes to power on 7 May. The party included the policy in its work manifesto after saying the coalition government’s introduction of charges up to £1,200 in July 2013 had been a ‘significant barrier’ to workplace justice and failed to raise any money (The Law Society Gazette)
  4. Banker Svetlana Lokhova wins £3.1m payout over colleagues’ drug lies and bullying after ‘crazy Miss Cokehead’ nickname – A woman banker in the London office of a Russian bank has been awarded £3.1 million after being driven to mental collapse by a campaign of harassment and unfounded drug slurs. An employment tribunal found that Cambridge graduate Svetlana Lokhova had been a victim of harassment, victimisation and discrimination amounting to constructive dismissal (The Evening Standard)
  5. UK research shows anti-lesbian and gay job-seeker discrimination – A survey published today suggests that discrimination against lesbian and gay job seekers is commonplace across the United Kingdom. Dr Nick Drydakis of Anglia Ruskin University carried out a research that included 144 first-time job seekers students from 12 randomly selected Universities across the UK making 11,098 applications to 5549 firms (Kaleidoscot)
  6. UK’s top 5 banks slash bonus pools by more than £1bn – The UK’s five largest banks cut bonus pools by more than £1bn last year and most also reduced pay and staff numbers, according to Financial Times analysis, potentially blunting political attacks on banker excess ahead of the general election (Financial Times)
  7. Black police officer wins race discrimination case against force that wouldn’t promote him because of his colour – A black police constable has won a race discrimination case against his force after they did not promote him due to the colour of his skin. Ronnie Lungu was singled out as ‘a marked man’ by Wiltshire Police solely due to his race, the employment tribunal ruled (The Mail Online)
  8. Nearly half of employers ‘unlikely’ to hire overweight workers – People who are overweight are perceived to be less productive and are less likely to be hired for jobs, according to a study which examined the attitudes of 1,000 British employers. Nearly half of recruiters questioned said they would be less inclined to recruit an applicant at interview stage if they are obese (The Telegraph)
  9. Retired teacher who was exposed to asbestos received £210,000 after mesothelioma diagnosis – A retired teacher who spent 11 years working in classrooms containing asbestos secured a personal injury claim for £210,000 after she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, the NASUWT union has revealed (Schools Week)
  10. Fine for Stockport firm after worker falls from height – Stockport-based Solutions SK Ltd has been fined after a worker sustained a broken heel when he fell from a ladder while installing cables for an alarm system. As the man started to descend the ladder, it slipped. He jumped from it and sustained a fractured heel(HSE)

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 first name (required)

Your last name (required)

Your email (required)

Your telephone number (required)

Brief details of your enquiry

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

4.75 Average

193 Reviews

Mark W

Most professional from start to finish offering very a personal service. Most impressive and quick when dealing with the matters in hand.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Anonymous

Posted 4 weeks ago

submit

I am very glad I came across Redmans Solicitors. Fantastic service!

Posted 4 weeks ago

Anonymous

Fantastic communication, always happy to answer queries, highly recommended.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Wavenie B

They were very straight to the point, friendly and understanding people. I felt they had my best interest. They were easy to get hold of, replies were almost instant. 5/5 for customer service

Posted 4 weeks ago

Christina P

Caroline was fantastic to work with - extremely knowledgeable, supportive, thorough and honest. I definitely recommend Redmans!

Posted 4 weeks ago

Anonymous

Very well done and fast support. Professional and reliable. Highly recommended!

Posted 4 weeks ago

Helene L

They were very knowledgable in the respected area in terms of change in law/regulations that is crucial for the clients who are seeking for legal arvice.

Posted 1 month ago

Sara R

Very helpful and wonderful advice

Posted 1 month ago

Marie D

very good service all digitalised

Posted 1 month ago

Philip H

Chris Hadrill handled my case with great accuracy and efficiency. Basically made it feel like a process without hassle. Doesn't try to expand the case just for greater fees. I value his professional advice highly.

Posted 1 month ago

Michael W

Professional, responsive and supportive - excellent service!

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

I was really happy with the service provided. I had to chase a couple of time but despite that, my matter was dealt with in a timely manor. I would use again in the future

Posted 1 month ago

Lee M

Superb service and always available

Posted 1 month ago

Jonathan S

I was very grateful for the support I received from Redmans during a very difficult period. Rana Tandon really got under the skin of my issue and understood what was important to me, steering me carefully and sensibly to an outcome I was very happy with. I would recommend Redmans to anyone else without any reservations whatsoever.

Posted 1 month ago

Mohamed A

Super helpful and efficient, trustworthy service

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

efficient, responsive and effective

Posted 1 month ago

Andrew B

Very good service

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

Excellent service, compassionate and a good outcome

Posted 1 month ago

Anonymous

I had an employment issue which required legal advice. Chris was very supportive and knowledgeable, resulting in an optimum resolution in my favour. Would definitely recommend.

Posted 1 month ago

David M

Very professional and first-rate advice. I would use again. With thanks,

Posted 1 month ago