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Former council officer fined for emailing CVs of rival job applicants to his partner

A former senior local government officer has been prosecuted and fined £660, together with being ordered to pay £713 costs, for passing the personal information of rival job applicants to his partner. The ICO report that Kevin Bunsell (B) was Head of Building Control and had been trained in data protection law.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 23 March 2019

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New TUC and GMB passports to help disabled people get the support they need at work

The TUC and the GMB have launched a new disability passport to help the 946,000 disabled people who fall out of work or switch employers each year to get the support they need. Under the scheme a model ‘reasonable adjustments employer agreement’ has been produced, for reps to agree with their employer

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 22 March 2019

Compensation for not providing rest breaks can include personal injury

In Grange v Abellio London Ltd 20 minute rest breaks were not made available on 14 days in breach of Reg 12 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). G suffered no financial loss, but the ET awarded him £750 because of the impact of not having breaks on his pre-existing medical condition

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 22 March 2019

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BEIS guidance document explains powers available to employment tribunals 

The aim is to: (i) increase confidence that poor behaviour or conduct in bringing or defending a claim can have financial consequences; (ii) point out that tribunals can be asked to make use of those powers; and, (iii) help provide reassurance about the purpose and limits of these powers

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 16 March 2019

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App designed to help tackle sexual harassment at work

A blockchain-powered app, Vault Platform, has been designed to help encourage individuals to speak up about sexual harassment at work and flag up similar incidents. The BBC report that the app is set to be piloted by a small number of companies in March.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 5 March 2019