UK Government announces plans to force firms to reveal gender pay gap

February 19, 2016

In a move announced earlier this year by David Cameron, large companies will in 2018 be forced to disclose whether they are paying men more than women. Nicky Morgan, the Women and Equalities Minister, made the announcement on Friday 12 February 2016 that the Government would be looking to introduce new rules relating to the […]

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LJ Jackson calls for fixed costs to be applied to all claims valued up to £250k

January 30, 2016

Lord Justice Jackson has made another foray into the structure of the civil costs regime by arguing that fixed costs should apply to all claims valued up to £250,000. Jackson, who was instrumental in implementing the costs reformed that formed part two of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, called on […]

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European Court ruling regarding ‘travel to work’ could raise costs for business

September 14, 2015

A preliminary ruling by the European Court of Justice regarding the definition of ‘working time’ could raise costs for business, according to industry experts. The recent case of Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras (CC.OO.) v Tyco Integrated Security SL & Anor Case C-266/14 addressed whether hours spent travelling to and  from work […]

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TV presenter wins sexual harassment claim in Employment Tribunal

January 10, 2014

A TV presenter has won her claim for sexual harassment after a camera crew were recorded insulting her whilst she was live on air. Ms Charlie Vernon, 28, who was presenting the show “Jewelry Maker” on Gems TV at the time of the incident on X. On the day in question, Ms Vernon was presenting […]

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Employment Tribunal claims fall by more than half

December 30, 2013

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice this month showed that claims for unfair dismissal (and other complaints) fell by up to 55% after the introduction of fees for the Employment Tribunal this summer. The Ministry of Justice’s most recent statistics showed a sharp drop in the number of claims made between July and August […]

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Welsh firm fined by court after being prosecuted over health and safety breaches

December 20, 2013

A Welsh manufacturing firm has been fined by the courts after it pleaded guilty to a breach of health and safety regulations which led to injury to one of its workers. Easibake Foods Limited, a bread manufacturer based in Pontypridd, Wales, has been fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs after one of its workers […]

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Tractor sales firm heavily fined after horrific injuries for worker

December 12, 2013

A Cornish tractor sales firm has been heavily fined after an employee suffered horrific injuries in an accident at work. B&B Agricultural Sales Limited was fined and ordered to pay a combined total of over £15,000 after one of its employees had an accident resulting in broken wrists, broken arms and skull fractures on 1 […]

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Healthcare firm ordered to pay over £260,000 after death in accident at work

December 2, 2013

A St Helens-based healthcare firm has been ordered to pay over £260,000 in fines and costs after it was found guilty of health and safety breaches that led to the death of a worker. TRU Limited was fined £170,000 and ordered to pay £82,145 towards the costs of the prosecution after Mr Peter Winchurch, a […]

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Sawmill prosecuted after worker’s arm almost severed in accident at work

November 20, 2013

A Scottish sawmill has been heavily fined by the Elgin Sheriff Court after one of its employees almost had his arm severed in an accident at work. Damian Gowlowski, 20, was working for Tennants (Elgin) Limited in its sawmill when he suffered horrific injuries to his right arm on 26 September 2011. On the day […]

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Cardboard manufacturing firm prosecuted after accident at work

October 25, 2013

A corrugated cardboard manufacturer has been fined after an employee was seriously injured at work because of health and safety failings in the workplace. The 29-year-old worker – who does not wish to be named for personal reasons – had been cleaning around a baling machine at Prowell Ltd’s factory in Ellesmere Port when his […]

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