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Driver safety warning for fleets

Fleetworld reports that new research from Alphabet (GB) has revealed 33% of fleet managers have little to no knowledge of corporate duty of care to employees that drive company-owned or leased vehicles.

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

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Swiss Re underwriter wins sex discrimination claim after boss leered at her

In the case of Ms H Sommer v Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Services Ltd a former underwriter at Swiss Re has won an employment tribunal against the world’s biggest reinsurance company, after a senior executive at the firm told her: “If I had breast like yours, I would be demanding too.”

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 5 September 2022

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University lecturer loses constructive dismissal claim after forcing student to apologise for suicide attempt

In the case of Dr Paul Leaney v Loughborough University a Loughborough lecturer was sacked after he forced a student to apologise to their flatmates following a suicide attempt. Paul Leaney is also said to have instructed flatmates of the student (known as Student X) to tell them how the suicide attempt made them feel.

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

P&O Ferries: update from the Insolvency Service

The Insolvency Service has provided an update following its urgent enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the redundancies made by P&O Ferries on 17 March 2022. An Insolvency Service spokesperson said:

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 31 August 2022

‘Anti-woke’ barrister loses employment tribunal claim

In Mr J Holbrook v Cornerstone Chambers an employment tribunal has thrown out a claim by an “anti-woke” barrister who was expelled from his chambers after tweeting about a “stroppy teenager of colour”. Jon Holbrook, formerly of Cornerstone Chambers, made the comment in relation to a news story about a young woman who took her school to court for racial discrimination over a uniform policy that banned afro hairstyles.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 29 August 2022

Supreme Court orders former hospice chief executive to pay back nearly £100,000 after lying about qualifications on CV

In the case of R v Andrewes Jon Andrewes successfully applied for the role of CEO at St Margaret’s Hospice, Taunton, having claimed that he had university degrees, as well as significant relevant work experience. These claims were untrue. Mr Andrewes was appointed CEO in December 2004 and remained in post until March 2015 when his employment was terminated. It was clear that he would not have been appointed had the truth about his education and job experience been known.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 26 August 2022

Whistle-blowers play key role in crackdown on furlough fraud

HMRC has received 13,775 whistle-blower reports regarding fraud against the furlough scheme, with more people reporting their employers and ex-employers to the authority. City A.M. reports that HMRC is now stepping up its enforcement activity with a view to recovery, issuing penalties and pursuing prosecution or directors’ disqualifications where appropriate.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 25 August 2022