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Perfumer loses unfair dismissal claim after sending ‘suspicious’ work emails to her personal account containing top secret perfume formulas

In Mrs M Massengo v CPL Aromas Ltd, CPL Aromas is a world leading fragrance house with headquarters in the UK. It is independent and family owned and creates fragrances for use in fine fragrance, personal care and household products. It is a very competitive market. With any fragrance house its only real intellectual property is its formulas for its fragrances and its costings of those formulas and fragrances.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 27 September 2022

Head chef loses unfair dismissal claim after owners uncovered catalogue of ‘shocking’ food hygiene practices

In the case of Mr M Murphy v The Malt Shovel at Barston an employment tribunal in Birmingham was told that Mr Murphy had worked at the pub for 21 years, joining as a junior chef and becoming the head chef in 2006. In 2018, the pub was bought by new owners Eric and Heidi Cahill, who initially only visited the business two or three times a month.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 23 September 2022


Hospital worker ordered to pay former employer’s £17,000 legal bill, after years spent pursuing an unfair dismissal claim with “no reasonable prospect of success”

In Ms N K Dhillon v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Narinderjeet Kaur Dhillon has attended several employment tribunal hearings since 2019, claiming she was unfairly dismissed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the victim of racial and disability discrimination.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 21 September 2022

Roofing contractor fined after worker falls from a roof and dies

A North West roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell from a roof ladder and died at the scene. In May 2021, roof replacement work was being carried out on a domestic property in Burnley by Richard Thornton, trading as Vanguard Roofing. On the final day on site, an employee of Mr Thornton was climbing a triple extending access ladder on the roof, to reach scaffolding at eaves level, whilst carrying a pile of slate on their shoulder. They slipped and fell to the ground, sustaining fatal injuries.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 20 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II – 1926 – 2022

In remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II, all of the team at theHRDIRECTOR would like to express our sincere condolences and best wishes to the Royal Family. While we should all rightly mourn her sad passing, we should also celebrate her extraordinary life, her unstinting service of 70 years as Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth and the incredible legacy she leaves behind.

Article by: Jason Spiller - theHRDIRECTOR editor 17 September 2022

Equality watchdog publishes new guidance to help organisations avoid breaches of equality law in the use of artificial intelligence

There is emerging evidence that bias built into algorithms can lead to less favourable treatment of people with protected characteristics such as race and sex. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has made tackling discrimination in AI a major strand of its new three-year strategy.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 15 September 2022

Black teaching assistant wins £17,000 discrimination claim after being denied work from home request despite white colleague being allowed to

In the case of Ms A. Balogun v Cubitt Town Infants School Ms Balogun started working as a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 1:1 Teaching Assistant for a child with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) from 6 January 2020 until 28 January 2021. An East London Employment Tribunal heard Ms Balogun, who is black British, is a single mother of two looking after a boy and girl, both school-aged.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 14 September 2022