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Motor industry employee sentenced to 8 months imprisonment in Computer Misuse Act prosecution

A motor industry employee has been sentenced to eight months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, in a prosecution brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office. Kim Doyle, who worked for the RAC, transferred personal data to an accident claims management firm without authorisation.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 21 January 2021

Racist, sexist, homophobic police officers dismissed

Three police officers at Hampshire Constabulary’s serious organised crime unit (Socu) have been sacked for gross misconduct after their ‘lads’ pad’ was secretly bugged following concerns raised by a whistleblower.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 19 January 2021

139 employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

Investigated between 2016 and 2018, 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers in total, which is a breach of employment law. The offending companies range in size from small businesses to large multinationals who employ thousands of people across the UK.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 14 January 2021

Maximum limit can be set when awarding assessed costs

Rule 78 of the ET rules provides for ET’s to make a costs order of either a specified amount not exceeding £20,000 or the whole or a specified part of the receiving party's costs, as determined by a detailed assessment by the county court or an employment judge.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 13 January 2021

Justice

Lack of interim relief in discrimination cases could be incompatible with ECHR

A claim for interim relief can be made to an ET where an individual believes they have been dismissed for one of a list of specified reasons including acting as a health and safety rep, engaging in lawful trade union duties or whistleblowing.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 12 January 2021

Employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

The government has fined 139 employers who failed to pay their staff the minimum wage. As reported in The Guardian a list of national minimum wage offenders has been published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 8 January 2021