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Clarks accused of using agency workers to cover strike

The BBC reports that the shoe retailer Clarks is in a dispute with a trade union over the alleged use of agency workers to cover a strike at its warehouse in Somerset. Clarks has denied allegations that it has been illegally employing agency workers to cover staff at its warehouse in Somerset who are currently taking industrial action. Using agency workers to break a strike is against the law.

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

MPs call on the government to take urgent action on Artificial Intelligence accountability

A new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Future of Work has called on the government to bring forward robust proposals for artificial intelligence (AI) regulation. The APPG inquiry found that AI is transforming work and working lives across the country in ways that have plainly outpaced, or avoid, the existing regimes for regulation.

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

COVID-19 vaccination will be mandatory for all health and social care workers

The government has announced that health and social care providers in England will be required to ensure workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This will include volunteers who have face to face contact with service users and who will need to provide evidence they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be deployed.

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

Distillery worker sacked for ‘urinating on whisky barrel’ wins unfair dismissal claim

Kerry Wilson, 51, was fired after a suspicious puddle was found next to casks at a William Grant & Sons distillery shortly after the accused had been seen in the area. The 51-year-old had been spotted by a colleague near the barrels shortly before the wet patch was discovered, an employment tribunal heard. A can of urine deodorant spray was also found at his workplace at the Girvan distillery in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 12 November 2021

Factory worker wins unfair dismissal claim after attacking colleague in ‘diabetic rage’

In the case of Mr P Dytkowski v Brand FB Ltd, Mr Dytkowski was a long-standing employee working as a Process Operative in a food production environment undertaking various roles in the biscuit-making process. Mr Dytkowski has a hearing impairment. In March 2018 he was also diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes.  

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

TUC survey shows half of working mums don’t get the flexibility they request at work

Half of working mums don’t get the flexibility they request at work, according to a new survey published by the TUC and campaigner Mother Pukka. Almost 13,000 mums across the public and private sector responded to the survey about flexible working. One in two (50%) told the TUC that their current employer had rejected or only accepted part of their flexible working request.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 9 November 2021

Appeal allowed in unfair dismissal case by recycling worker with bad back who tested positive for cannabis

In the case of C Pamment v Renewi UK Services Ltd, the Employment Tribunal held that the dismissal of an employee suffering from acute back pain for taking cannabis (to treat that pain) was unfair. Mr Pamment became a full-time employee of Renewi UK Services who operated a policy that anyone who failed a drugs test would be dismissed if they did not resign.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 8 November 2021

Disabled IT manager wins unfair dismissal claim after boss claims he was too ‘slow’ to evacuate office

In the case of Lawton v Crystal Ball Limited Mr Lawton was an IT Manager at a small technology company operating in the surveillance field. The company’s business is underpinned by delivering an IT system to its customers at all times and maintaining a high standard of cyber security. It employs 12 staff and is based on the fifth floor of a modern office block in Stretford, Manchester.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 5 November 2021