Tags: Compensation

Woolies and Ethel Austin workers Court of Appeal hearing timetabled

Shopworkers trade union leader John Hannett has welcomed the timetabling of a Court of Appeal hearing in which the Government is trying to stop former employees of Woolworth’s and Ethel Austin from receiving justice. It will be on 21 or 22 January 2014. John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “We remain disappointed that the Government…

£70,000 compensation awarded for unfair dismissal

A teacher has been awarded £70,000 compensation for being unfairly sacked over allegations including pruning a bush without following performing a risk assessment. Tracey Smith successfully argued that her career had been left in ruins following her unfair dismissal from a secure unit for problem youngsters. The Tribunal was told that she was accused of…

Employers warned of increase to compensation limits

The annual increase in the limits applying to certain Employment Tribunal awards has recently been published, and the key increases include: the limit on a compensatory award for unfair dismissal rises from £72,300 to £74,200; the maximum amount of a ‘week’s pay’ (used when calculating statutory redundancy pay or the basic award for unfair dismissal)…

Proposals for compensated no-fault dismissals are objectionable and unnecessary

Compensation for no-fault dismissals is unnecessary, warned the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Watering down employment laws to allow such awards will damage employee relations and it will not encourage firms to hire more workers, the CIPD argued in its response to a Government consultation. The call for evidence asked for views on…

Payout for Woolworths employees

More than 24,000 former Woolworths employees will share £67.8 million in compensation, after administrators failed to consult before making redundancies. Following the collapse of the company in late 2008, shop workers union Usdaw made an Employment Tribunal claim on behalf of its members. A Protective Award case was raised as a consultation had not taken…

Directors personally liable for discrimination compensation

The EAT has recently ruled that two directors were personally liable to pay compensation for discrimination. They were found to be jointly and severally liable, together with the employer, to pay compensation and aggravated damages for discrimination. As the employer went into liquidation after the compensation was awarded, the directors were left liable for the…

Barmaid gets £11,000 for injury to feelings

A former bar proprietor alleged to have sexually harassed a barmaid and wrongly accused her of punching someone, has been told to pay her £11,000 compensation. Mohsien Daneshyar of Mapple House, who ran Davinci Bar and Lounge in Solihull, was told at Birmingham Employment Tribunal to pay the award to Natalie Gibson for injury to…

Social services director wins unfair dismissal appeal

Sharon Shoesmith, could win over £1 million compensation after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against her unfair dismissal claim. The social services boss was sacked in the wake of the Baby P scandal. The Department for Education and Shoesmith’s former employer, Haringey Council, had challenged a landmark ruling made by the Court of Appeal…

The vast majority of compensation claims made by workers as a consequence of being injured at work or made ill by work are small value. It is a fact that the legal costs incurred in bringing and defending the claim often far outweigh the amount of damages in dispute. It is not unheard of for…

Prime minister David Cameron has announced that Lord Young of Graffham has been drafted into the coalition cabinet as an adviser on health and safety practice. As a result of the appointment Lord Young, who joined the House of Lords in 1984, will undertake a "Whitehall-wide review" of health and safety laws and analyse the…

The TUC has expressed concern at the remit of the Government’s review of health and safety legislation announced Monday 14th June. The review will ‘investigate concerns over the application and perception of health and safety legislation, together with the rise of the compensation culture over the last decade’. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘This…

The IOSH, the Chartered body for health and safety professionals, has released some interesting conclusions about the potential impact of the coalition government on health and safety. The IOSH drew the following conclusions: How do they compare? •At a glance: key policies Neither party believes that there should be more health and safety legislation. The…