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Ikea fined for spying on staff

The Guardian reports that Swedish furnishing conglomerate Ikea has been fined €1m ($1.2m) for illegally spying on its employees in France and storing their data.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 22 June 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations to be made compulsory for care workers

British health minister Matt Hancock has said it will be mandatory for care home workers in England to have coronavirus vaccinations and the government is considering whether the policy should be extended to healthcare workers too.

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

Tax expert wins appeal over transgender views

In the case of Forstater v Centre for Global Development (CGD), Maya Forstater lost her job after expressing views that sex cannot be changed and transgender women are "not women". She has now won an appeal against an employment tribunal.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 18 June 2021

Appeal allowed following discrimination arising from a trip abroad

In the case of Mohammed v Cummins Ltd, a Chief Machinist, Mr Mohammed, had worked for Cummins, a global designer and manufacturer of diesel and alternative fuel engines for more than 25 years.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 17 June 2021

The cost of workplace conflict

A new report from ACAS estimates that workplace conflict costs UK employers £28.5bn every year, an average of just over £1,000 for every employee. Close to 10 million people experienced conflict at work. Of these, over half suffer stress, anxiety or depression as a result; just under 900,000 took time off work; nearly half a million resigned, and more than 300,000 employees were dismissed.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 16 June 2021

New workers’ watchdog announced by government

The government has confirmed  that a new workers’ watchdog will be created to protect the rights of UK workers. It will have responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing the minimum wage and protecting agency workers. This will create a comprehensive new authority, which will ensure businesses that break the rules have nowhere to hide.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 15 June 2021

Driver unfairly dismissed for going to the pub while off sick

In the case of Kane v Debmat Surfacing Ltd, Colin Kane was employed as a driver at a surfacing company which did not have a dedicated HR department. Mr Kane has suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for several years and had periods of absence due to ill-health.

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

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Sales manager wins tribunal case after being ‘gaslit’ by his boss

In the case of Weinreb v Online Travel Training Group, a  global e-learning platform for travel agents with approximately 12 employees, was found to be guilty of victimisation after penalising a sales manager who made a grievance.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 11 June 2021