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Are whistleblowers protected enough?

Whistleblowing is a situation in which someone reports wrongdoing at their workplace. This could relate to things like law-breaking, environmental damage, health and safety concerns, or dishonesty.

It is widely recognised to be in the public interest for workers to be able to make disclosures of this nature. However, recent reports suggest that not enough is being done to protect and encourage whistleblowers, especially in the teaching profession.


Workers at car-plant upset at ‘scrooge-like’ Christmas bonus

The Daily Mail reported on Saturday that employees of Luxembourg-owned International Automotive Components (IAC), which fits the trim to the Jaguar Land Rover, were bemoaning the state of the Christmas bonus at their place of employment.

Their bonus consists of a buffet with a choice of bacon or sausage sandwiches.


Woman told to wear mini-skirt to work awarded £27,000 for sexual harassment

A Northern Ireland woman has been awarded £27,000 by an employment tribunal for the sexual harassment she received while working at J&M Services, according to the BBC.

The woman was subjected to “disgracefully lewd comments” by Mervyn Johnston and Joe McFall, and was then dismissed when running late from taking her child to a doctor’s appointment.


Premier Foods axing 900 staff by “improving efficiency”

Premier Foods, maker of Hovis breads, is reportedly going to close two bakeries and shed 900 jobs next year, according to the BBC.

The company will close bakeries in west London and Birmingham, as well as cutting 130 distribution routes and closing distribution centres in west London, Birmingham, Plymouth and Mendlesham in order to simplify its bread distribution network.


Landmark ruling on equal pay case could generate wave of new claims

This Wednesday, at the Supreme Court in London, five senior judges ruled on a case concerning whether equal pay claims could be made in the civil court rather than being confined to Employment Tribunals, as reported by the BBC.

The ruling, which follows those made previously by the High Court and the Court of Appeal on the matter, also has implications regarding the time-limit in which ex-employees can launch such claims.


Car maker Ford expected to cut UK staff

According to a report released by the BBC, the US car maker has said it is going to cut jobs throughout Europe due to a lack of demand.

Ford has car plants in several UK towns including Southampton and Dagenham, and employs some 15,000 staff.


Jobseekers get their day in court

The High Court is today due to rule on whether a graduate’s human rights were broken when she was made to work in Poundland on a work experience scheme, according to The Telegraph.

23-year-old geology graduate Cait Reilly is challenging the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) regulations surrounding government back-to-work schemes.


Ex-footballer “racially victimised” by Gillingham FC

Footballer Mark McCammon won his employment tribunal in Ashford, Kent yesterday 18 months after having his contract terminated by Gillingham FC.

The tribunal ruled his dismissal was unfair and that he was racially victimised, according to the BBC.


Former employees must be careful to avoid falling foul of employers’ client-poaching restrictions

Outgoing employees are increasingly subject to employment terms restricting contact with their former clients. While companies accept employee turnover as par for the course, they generally take a dim view of leavers poaching their business.

Restrictions usually take the form of non-solicitation clauses and non-dealing clauses. Whether an employee is moving to a competitor or setting up on their own, these clauses provide a useful means for former employers to protect their interests.


Ex-NHS Chief drops unfair dismissal claim in ‘super-gag’ deal

A BBC investigation has claimed that Gary Walker, the former chief executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, has been silenced about the reasons he was sacked by his NHS employers.

Walker was officially dismissed from his £140,000-per-year post in February 2010 for swearing out loud at board meetings. Walker disagreed with the reason given, and launched an unfair dismissal claim.


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Employment law has become a more contentious topic recently, with the downturn in the economy resulting in more job cuts. Our blog covers recent employment law topics in the news, as well as common questions asked by you. Topics include unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal, redundancy, employment rights, minimum wage rights, working time regulations, and employment tribunals.

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