Thieving Women’s Institute Treasurer Deserved Deterrent Sentence

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Most charities rely heavily on voluntary workers but it should never be assumed that benevolence equates to honesty. In one case, the treasurer of a Women’s Institute branch fleeced the organisation of more than £17,000 over an eight-year period. The middle-aged woman abused her position of trust to siphon the branch’s funds into her own […]

18/09/2017 by MrFinch

Multinational Employers and TUPE Obligations – Tribunal Gives Guidance

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Multinational companies frequently move their operations between countries – but how do to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) impact on their search for value? The issue was strikingly raised by a case in which a Yorkshire-based office worker offered to follow his job to the Philippines – but only if […]

18/09/2017 by MrFinch

MP urges rethink on employment tribunal time constraints

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Employment tribunal judges should be allowed more leeway to hear disputes that are brought outside of the time limit for bringing a claim, an MP has suggested. Conservative Mike Penning will use an adjournment debate in parliament today to call for more ‘autonomy’ for judges when they decide whether or not to hear a case. […]

14/09/2017 by MrFinch

Bakery Boss Punished for Making Illegitimate Use of Rival’s Equipment

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The law positively encourages business competition, but there are limits and judges are active in policing the line of acceptability. In one case, the owner of an independent bakery narrowly escaped being sent to prison for making illegitimate use of a much larger rival’s equipment. The rival had obtained an injunction against the businessman, forbidding […]

14/09/2017 by MrFinch

New ‘Vento’ Bands

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Following a consultation, the Presidents of the Employment Tribunal have issued revised guidance on the amount of compensation payable for injury to feelings in discrimination cases (the ‘Vento’ bands). In future, the guidance will be subject to revision on an annual basis, without the need for further consultation, with the first review taking place in […]

13/09/2017 by MrFinch

The Calculation of Personal Injury Compensation Payments

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When a compensation award is made to the victim of an accident, the actual amount of the settlement is adjusted to take into account the interest the claimant can expect to earn by investing it. This is achieved by applying a ‘discount rate’, or ‘Ogden rate’ to the sum awarded. Traditionally, the percentage rate applied […]

12/09/2017 by MrFinch

Aldi Stores fined £1m for worker’s severe injuries

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Aldi Stores Ltd have been fined £1 million and ordered to pay £70,000 in cost after a delivery driver who had only worked for the firm for two weeks suffered severe injuries to his foot while operating an electric pallet truck at one of its stores. In a prosecution brought by Amber Valley Borough Council, […]

12/09/2017 by MrFinch

A slap in the face with a wet squid: the weird world of workplace punishments

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It is described, perversely, as a team-building exercise; it is reported that, as a forfeit for missing their weekly sales targets, staff at Central Claims Group – a call centre – in Bury are made to lie down on the floor while a good-sized squid is placed, or dropped, on their faces. It could be […]

12/09/2017 by MrFinch

What’s the real cost of agent turnover?

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Call centre turnover, employee churn, agent attrition – it’s a big issue for any business. The call centre industry in particular has typically higher turnover rates than businesses in other industries. Life as a call centre agent or customer service representative tends to come with an infamous reputation. Typically high-stress, low-paying, and repetitive work means […]

12/09/2017 by MrFinch

Online Financial Trading – $460,000 ‘Profit’ Made from Abusive Trades

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Online platforms make it possible for almost anyone to have a flutter on the financial markets. However, web-based trading can be open to abuse and that was certainly so in one case concerning a retired teacher who made a profit of more than $460,000 in less than a minute. In very quick succession, the woman […]

11/09/2017 by MrFinch