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Woman fired for poor performance and taking a lunch break with colleagues wins unfair dismissal claim

In the case of Tracie Shearwood v Lean Education and Development Tracie Shearwood, a worker at Lean Education and Development in Dudley, West Midlands, England, lost her job as a result of "enormously" infuriating the company's managing director, Maxine Jones, by going out for a meal with two co-workers "at the height" of a crisis for the company.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 4 January 2023

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Hospital administration clerk awarded almost £75,000 after occupational health reports ignored

In the case of Ms E Kalhor v The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth Ms Kalhor was employed as an Outpatient Administration Clerk. Her role involved a variety of duties including welcoming and registering visitors, invoicing and taking payments, liaising with nursing staff. Her line manager was the Patient Services Manager with whom it was said she had a strained relationship.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 3 January 2023

Atom Bank makes four-day week permanent

Challenger bank Atom has made a four-day working week permanent after a successful trial over the past year. In November 2021, the app-based bank introduced a four-day working week for its then 430 employees, with no change on salaries. This came after flexible working, introduced during the Covid-19 lockdown, proved a success.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 2 January 2023

Gay restaurant worker and his husband win £120,000 from homophobic boss

In the case of (1) Mr T Jeurninck (2) Mr M Scatena v Piatto (London) Ltd (in liquidation) a gay restaurant worker and his husband have won more than £120,000 after their homophobic boss referred to him as a ‘waitress’.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 30 December 2022

Pet crematorium technician loses unfair dismissal claim after leaving pet ashes in cremator

In the case of Mr. J Hamilton v North East Lincolnshire Council Mr Jack Hamilton was dismissed from Grimsby Crematorium after leaving some of a pet’s ashes in the cremator for a fortnight before another cremation took place. He was also found to have deliberately pushed the pet remains to the back of the cremator in an apparent attempt to conceal this.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 28 December 2022

The Scottish Government launches a new anti-racist employment strategy

The Scottish Government has launched a new strategy, ‘A Fairer Scotland for All: An Anti-Racist Employment Strategy’ outlining the steps it will take and how it will work with employers to help make Scotland’s workplaces more diverse, fair and inclusive.

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

Employment tribunal and EAT quarterly statistics for the period July to September 2022

Employment analysis: A total of 17,822 claims were received by employment tribunals and 12,608 claims were disposed of, in the period from July to September 2022 (Q2 2022–23), with almost 500,000 claims outstanding at 30 September 2022, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in its latest quarterly report. Compared to Q2 2021–22, overall employment tribunal receipts decreased by 19%, disposals increased by 6% and caseload outstanding decreased by 3%. To assist with the outstanding backlog of claims, the MOJ also announced £2.85m funding and an increase to the days that judges can sit in employment tribunals.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 22 December 2022

NHS worker wins constructive wrongful dismissal claim

In Mrs R Bonney v Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Mr D McLaren a hospital trust wrongfully ousted an under-pressure project manager from her role after implying she was incompetent and "not up to the challenge".

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