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Domestic assistant wins unfair dismissal case after being accused of lying about Covid symptoms

In the case of Mr R Galang v Kestrel Grove Nursing Home Mr Galang was employed as a domestic assistant at Kestrel Grove Nursing Home. Mr Galang was described by his manager, Mr Tripp, as ‘a good worker’. The tribunal was referred to various supervision documents recording Mr Galang’s good performance.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 11 March 2022

Company fined after electrician died following fall from crane platform

A company has been fined after an electrician died in fall of approximately eight metres when an access panel on the raised walkway of an overhead crane gave way beneath him. Teesside Crown Court heard that on 25 October 2016, whilst working at Cleveland Bridge UK Limited’s site in Yarm Road, Darlington, electrician Keith Poppleton was repairing wiring that had been causing a short circuit on the lifting equipment of a large overhead gantry crane, known as C25. As he was walking along the crane’s walkway, an access panel gave way beneath his feet, causing him to fall through to the ground below. Mr Poppleton sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at hospital.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 10 March 2022

Parliamentary committee releases results of menopause and the workplace survey

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has released the Menopause and the Workplace survey results after conducting a survey from 16 September 2021 until 30 September 2021 which received 2161 responses. It was publicised through the website, on Twitter, and through internal and external stakeholder networks.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 8 March 2022

Marketing assistant wins unfair dismissal claim after being fired for poor social media

In the case of Ms S.J. Williams v Lyons Holiday Park Ltd a 60 year old marketing assistant has won an unfair dismissal case after bosses ousted her because she was poor at social media. Sylvia Williams was the target of a sham redundancy process engineered by managers to 'get rid' of her as their social media pages slumped.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 7 March 2022

Tyre worker wins age and race discrimination claim after being called ‘old white guy’

In Mr B Moore v Sean Pong Tyres Ltd, Sean Pong Tyres is a small firm which recycles and exports tyres. Used vehicle tyres were brought them into the yard on lorries and were then sorted and graded by the team. The team of Tyre Graders comprised Mr Moore, Mr Desmond Owusu and two colleagues, both called Eric. The owner and manager was Mr Sean Frimpong – often referred to as Mr Pong.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 4 March 2022

Iceland worker dismissed for eating one Twirl from multipack wins £3,000

In the case of Miss S Cassidy v Iceland Foods Limited  Sharon Cassidy commenced employment with Iceland as a part-time sales assistant in 2004 and worked at their shop in Paisley until she was dismissed for gross misconduct in 2019. The shop in Paisley is a relatively small shop with three to four staff employed there.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 3 March 2022

Freelancers could avoid tax because of IR35 loophole

Employers who wrongly classify the self-employed as being outside IR35 will have to cover their PAYE and National Insurance, says HMRC, meaning tens of thousands of freelancers could avoid paying any tax at all as reported by a website offering advice for small businesses.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 2 March 2022

COVID-19 – changes to self-isolation and testing

From 24 February Removal of the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. In its place, those testing positive will be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. The Government’s strategy document states that employers and workers should follow this guidance for those with COVID-19.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 1 March 2022