Employers could be obliged to consider requests for fixed hours

6 Jun 2017

Further details have emerged about likely recommendations from an inquiry into modern-day working practices. Matthew Taylor, the head of the Royal Society of Arts, was tasked by Theresa May with looking into current legislation and determining any changes considered necessary.


TUC warns of “race to the bottom” over workers’ rights

6 Jun 2017

A report has suggested that the employment rights of low and middle income earners could be eroded following Britain’s departure from the EU. The study, published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) last month, warned that Brexit could trigger a


Estate agent wins legal fight following lewd remark

6 Jun 2017

An estate agent has won a sex discrimination claim after his boss said she would be prepared to perform a sex act if he achieved his sales target. Your Move’s Sarah Thompson made the sordid offer to Paul Elworthy, who


Employment Tribunal upholds firm’s decision to dismiss long-serving worker

6 Jun 2017

An Employment Tribunal has ruled that the decision to dismiss a long-standing member of staff over comments she posted on Facebook was fair. Mrs Plant had worked as a machinery operator at API Microelectronics Ltd for 17 years. But she


Theme park and contractor fined following serious health and safety lapses

6 Jun 2017

Substantial fines have been imposed after a young girl on holiday with her family was badly hurt in an accident at a North Yorkshire tourist attraction. Lightwater Valley Theme Park and a contractor were sentenced last month, following an incident


Judge dismissed following investigation into online tirades

8 May 2017

A Judge lost his job last month after it emerged he had posted abusive comments on a local newspaper’s website. Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw was accused of calling one man a “donkey” and describing others as “bigoted” in messages posted on


Sharp rise in pay-outs to teachers

8 May 2017

In excess of £2.3million compensation was paid out to Yorkshire’s teachers in the course of just 12 months. The figures released by the teaching union NASUWT showed that nationwide pay-outs amounted to almost £28million. This was a 72 per cent


MPs remain concerned about “bogus” self-employment

8 May 2017

The increasing tendency for people employed as drivers and couriers to be classed as self-employed can leave workers at risk of exploitation, MPs have warned. The Work and Pensions Committee has criticised the “bogus” arrangements in place at companies including


Charity worker feels she was “pushed out”

8 May 2017

A blind woman who alleged she was unfairly treated by a Yorkshire disability charity has received a £3,000 settlement. Tmara Senior had previously been employed at the Dewsbury-based Cloverleaf Advocacy but claims she felt intimidated by able-bodied colleagues. The part-time


Party pledges to introduce new employment rights

8 May 2017

Sweeping changes to employment legislation will be a key plank of the Labour Party’s General Election manifesto. Labour has outlined a 20-point plan which will mean far greater protection for employees. Among the headline measures are an outright ban on