Tags: Claims

Equal pay case may cost Britain’s supermarkets millions in wages and back pay

Employment lawyers Leigh Day are representing 400 mainly female workers in an equal pay case against Asda that could end up costing Britain’s supermarkets millions of pounds in in higher wages and back pay. The Asda case revolves around determining if supermarket store jobs, which are mainly held by women, are of equal value to…

Nikki Duncan: Easier to hire or fire?

For the last couple of years the Coalition have been introducing a range of measures designed to allay employer fear about being faced with Tribunal claims. This drive is based on concern that such fear was impeding business growth, with employers too cautious to recruit, and/or to address capability issues in the work force. The…

Fraud and error in the benefit system stands at £3.5bn or 2.1% of total benefit expenditure according to the latest figures.  Preliminary estimates for fraud and error in 2012/13 also show £1.2bn of benefit spending is lost due to fraud, £1.6bn due to claimant error and £0.7bn due to official error. The figures show falls…

Manager injured picking up earring sues employer for £1m

A Manager at a high street fashion chain is suing her employer for more than £1m, claiming that she suffered “crippling injuries” from picking up an earring. Safaa Pate was running Coast’s clothes and accessories concession at the House of Fraser department store in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, when she bent down to retrieve the earring,…

Unfair dismissal claims peak in bid to avoid new fees regime

Sacked employees rushing to bring in ‘free’ claims before new restrictions kick in   Claims for unfair dismissal rose by 44 per cent in a single quarter in response to new incoming UK government restrictions on such claims. Recently-released data from the Ministry of Justice shows that 15,273 claims for unfair dismissal were made in…

Canada life announced the launch of electronic claims forms

Launch of electronic claims forms will help employers and claimants under its health product range, says Canada Life. Canada Life is pleased to announce that from the start of April it will be accepting electronic employer claims forms for both its group income protection and group critical illness contracts. Currently, employers or their advisers complete…

Union claims victory over Jobcentre cuts

Several hundred people previously employed in jobcentres on fixed term contracts could be in line to share more than £1m after the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union won an employment tribunal legal case. According to the union, the case showed how successive governments had ridden “roughshod” over workers’ employment rights. In the case, Jobcentre…

DWP to blame for fitness-to-work tests fiasco, MPs say

A leading Government department has been criticised for making wrong decisions on the ability of benefit claimants to work, at “considerable cost” to the taxpayer. The public accounts committee said there had been much criticism of Atos, the firm contracted to conduct so-called work capability assessments (WCA), but it warned that most of the problems…

Banker sacked after extravagant spending on company card

A banker has been sacked by the Royal Bank of Scotland after it emerged he had spent thousands of pounds on hotels, meals, nightclubbing and taxis using his company credit card. A London Employment Tribunal heard that Oleksiy Nesterenko, who earned £94,000 a year in the global banking and markets division, incurred nearly £5,000 worth…

Home Office civil servant sues for £1m

Home Office civil servant Dr Angelika Hibbett has sued the government for £1m after being sacked for claiming £390 for a course of meditation. She had previously claimed that she had suffered from “workplace stress and bullying”. Hibbett, who was programme director at the Home Office’s crime and policing group’s research and analysis unit, said…