Tags: Court

Complaining against a bad employer has become too expensive for many workers

Employers who bully, harass or cheat their workers out of their wages are increasingly likely to escape punishment as people wronged at work are prevented from seeking justice by the high cost of taking a tribunal case, says the TUC. Citing the new figures published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday, the TUC said that…

Muslim couple claim victimisation at being refused leave by Morrisons during Ramadan

A married couple, Donna and Yassin Tunkara, claim they were victimised at work due to their religious beliefs. They claim that bosses at the Morrisons warehouse in Stockton-on-Tees refused to grant them holidays during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A tribunal at Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard evidence from Mrs Tunkara, who says her holiday…

Illegal worker fines up 50% on last year

Data obtained by Warrington-based employment services provider Parasol under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,822 civil penalty notices were issued to UK-based employers between January and December 2013. The number of fines issued represents a 50% increase on the previous 12 months, during which 1,216 penalties were imposed. The gross value of penalties…

Two female executives claim they were sacked after rejecting sexual advances

Two female sales executives, Anna Mazover and Diana Nicholl-Pierson have taken their employer, Entico Corporation Ltd, to court after claiming their boss sacked them after they rejected his sexual advances. The pair are seeking £100,000 in compensation for sexual harassment after alleging that the firm’s sales director, Darren Scott, promised them promotion if they slept…

Two thirds of companies say ethics play a part in their recruitment process

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) publishes today (11 December) its seventh survey exploring the mechanisms used by large companies to embed ethical values within business practice and provide guidance to staff. The survey is unique in its ability to track changes that have occurred in the UK FTSE350 since 1995 in the way business organisations develop…

Only 1 employer ´named and shamed´ so far for paying less than minimum wage

A new report released today from Centre for London and Trust for London, Settle for Nothing Less, reveals systemic failures in the way national minimum wage (NMW) compliance is enforced and sets out a bold agenda for reform. It shows that: Over 300,000 people in the UK earn less than the legal minimum wage Only nine employers have…

9 out of 10 employers have had an employment issue arising from a Christmas party

The office Christmas party is often the one time of year when all employees are brought together in a social environment, usually with liberal amounts of alcohol thrown into the mix. Generally, the outcome is positive; colleagues get to know one another, make friends, and harmony is promoted. That is not, however, always the result.…

Charlie Ryan: Is it ever a good idea for interns to sue their employer?

In light of recent news that Condé Nast are suspending their internships due in part to a couple of high-profile court cases, Charlie Ryan asks if it is ever a good idea for interns to sue: It is a shame as this was always the way this was going to go once interns were being…

A third of Employment Tribunal awards are never paid

New government commissioned research has found that over half of individuals awarded a pay out following an Employment Tribunal hearing do not receive their award in full. The Payment of Tribunal Awards 2013 study, carried out by IFF Research, examined whether awards were paid, reasons for non-payment and the effect of enforcement action. One of…

Eversheds comment: UK court of appeal set to rule whether employers can be held liable for employee spats

However harmonious a working environment, there will inevitably be occasions when disagreements or possibly even explosive arguments occur between colleagues. But what if this results in insults being exchanged -and what of these refer or allude to a colleague’s personal characteristics, such as their sex, for example? Would such comments necessarily be discriminatory due to…