RSS Feed

Legal Updates: Legal Updates 2021

More Articles: Latest Popular Archives

Government wins High Court challenge over Priti Patel bullying accusations

The FDA, a trade union which represents civil servants, has lost a High Court challenge over Boris Johnson’s decision to back Home Secretary Priti Patel following accusations of bullying. The court case was brought after the Prime Minister went against the findings of the then adviser on ministerial standards, Sir Alex Allan, to keep Ms Patel in post. The adviser found Ms Patel had not always treated civil servants with “consideration and respect” and in a report published last November he said the Home Secretary had breached the ministerial code.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 14 December 2021

legal challenges legal challenges

Police interpreter wins appeal over whistleblowing claim

In the case of Dr Z Windle v West Yorkshire Police Dr Zuzana Windle is a professional interpreter and translator registered on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI). She provided services to West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Police via the supplier which held the language services contract, which on 1 April 2019 changed to Capita.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 13 December 2021

Lorry driver accused of smoking while driving – EAT overturn verdict on wrongful dismissal

In the case of Hovis Ltd v Louton, Mr W Louton worked as a delivery lorry driver.  A manager, Mr Sittre, reported that, when driving his car on the motorway, accompanied by his wife, both of them had seen Mr Louton driving his van on the same stretch of motorway and smoking at the wheel. Following an internal disciplinary investigation and process he was found to have been smoking whilst driving, which was a serious breach of the company’s procedures, and dismissed.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 10 December 2021

Financial analyst alleges racial discrimination over blackface photos displayed in the office

In the case of Ms M Mulumba v Partners Group (UK) Ltd  Harmonie Mulumba said she suffered racial discrimination and harassment during her time on the company’s associate program. Partners said in a statement that an external law firm investigated a series of incidents alleged by Mulumba, including “alleged racial slurs” but didn’t uphold any of the allegations. While the firm acknowledges the incident took place it denies any of the racial discrimination and harassment claims made by Mulumba.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 9 December 2021

A third of pregnant women fear losing their jobs over Covid safety concerns

In its new report ‘Unsafe and Unsupported’, charity Maternity Action raises grave concerns over the health and safety provision for pregnant women in workplaces.  It’s calling on government to support businesses with funding for paid maternity suspensions to ensure that pregnant women aren’t under pressure to work in unsafe environments.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 8 December 2021

One in five employers would not hire a disabled person

PageGroup, global recruitment specialist, today releases a study which shines a light on the wide range of perceived barriers facing disabled individuals in the world of work. The findings reveal how far UK businesses still have to go to level the playing field for disabled candidates.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 7 December 2021

Union calls for a parliamentary inquiry into Amazon warehouses ambulance callouts

The GMB Union has said that no-one should be scared about leaving work in an ambulance. But that’s the reality hundreds of Amazon warehouse workers face each and every shift. There have been more than 600 ambulance call-outs to Amazon warehouses over the past three years.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 6 December 2021

Vice president of data firm loses unfair dismissal appeal over golf trip

In the case of Thompson v Informatica Software Ltd  Mr Thompson was employed as Vice President UK & Ireland which is the UK arm of the Informatica International corporate group, a software development firm, which has its headquarters in California and operates in approximately 80 countries. His principal focus was on sales. At the time of his dismissal, he had four direct reports and was responsible for a sales and pre-sales team comprising 41 employees. A significant proportion of the earnings of the sales teams was commission on sales.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 3 December 2021

Forklift driver wins unfair dismissal claim after mistakenly breaking Covid rules

In the case of Lewis v The Benriach Distillery Company Limited, David Lewis was employed as a Fork Lift Truck Driver in the dry goods warehouse in Newbridge. He had continuous employment with the company between 5 January 1998 and 25 February 2021. At the beginning of February 2021 Mr Lewis’ son took a Covid test after suffering from a cough which Mr Lewis did not really believe. While his son was waiting for his test results Mr Lewis went to work as usual.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 2 December 2021

retirement retirement

Flexibility from employers is essential to keep unpaid carers in employment

Carers UK has published new research ‘Supporting carers at work: opportunity and imperative’ which showed that whilst some employers were more supportive of carers within their workplace, a significant proportion of carers were at risk of reducing their working hours or giving up work altogether if they did not get the right support measures in place.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 1 December 2021