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Engineer ordered to pay £10K to employer after losing unfair dismissal claim and telling boss to ‘deal with it’ when caught drinking in Zoom meeting

In Mr D Andersen v Rheon Labs Ltd Mr Doug Andersen was employed by Rheon Labs as a Development Engineer and began work in October 2017. In June 2020, Mr Andersen met with his line manager Mr Brown. During the meeting, Mr Andersen indicated he felt he was stagnating and wanted progression. Mr Brown spoke to Mr Andersen regarding what Mr Brown considered to be weaknesses in Mr Andersen’s behaviour, noting in particular the “universal negative feedback from the Senior Management Team about his behaviour”. Mr Brown indicated he was willing to support Mr Andersen if he was ready to change his behaviours, and asked Mr Andersen to take the rest of the day and the following day off to reflect.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 28 April 2023

Chief risk officer wins £130K after being dismissed for making protected disclosures

In the case of Mr M Daniels v (1) United National Bank Ltd (2) Mr B Firth, Mr Daniels was employed by United National Bank as chief risk officer (CRO) from July 2019 until the termination of his employment in April 2021. Mr Firth is its chief executive officer (CEO) and was Mr Daniels’s line manager.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 26 April 2023

Ethnicity pay reporting: guidance for employers

The government has published guidance to help employers who wish to analyse and report on their ethnicity pay. Ethnicity pay reporting is one of the tools employers can use to build transparency and trust among their employees.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 25 April 2023

Government publishes white paper on its proposals for AI regulation

The government has set out its proposals for implementing a proportionate, future-proof and pro-innovation framework for regulating AI. The white paper, A Pro-Innovation Approach to AI Regulation, identifies AI as one of five critical technologies and notes that regulation plays an important role in creating an environment for AI to flourish.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 24 April 2023

Bar worker wins sexual harassment claim against employer after being ogled by peeping Tom customer

In the case of KZ v The Nags Head Reading Limited a bartender’s claim of harassment related to sex was upheld in relation to the allegation that the employer, a small, family-run pub (TNH), “failed to prevent any recurrence” of sexual harassment by a contractor/customer of the pub (the Third Party) and failed to protect them from such behaviour.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 20 April 2023


ACAS advisor wins constructive dismissal claim after holiday pay miscalculations and issues were left unresolved for 9 years

In Ms M Tracey v ACAS  Ms Tracey was a helpline advisor for ACAS who started in 2013. Shortly after starting employment as a fixed-term employee, she was presented with a contract stating that her employment would terminate after one year. However, Ms Tracey’s employment continued after the expiry of the term stated, having agreed with management that she would continue. An email was sent including a new contract which asked for the document to be signed and returned, which never took place due to a few queries raised which included the number of hours of work and holiday pay. Another contract was sent out after that which reduced the number of days of annual leave Ms Tracey was entitled to, which again was rejected and not signed. Not wanting to press the point too heavily and risk her employment she worked without a new contract for around 3 years.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 19 April 2023