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June 2017 Edition  

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Hethertons Solicitors Employment Bulletin

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 Theme park and contractor fined following serious health and safety lapses


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 in which the youngster’s leg became trapped while on a rollercoaster.

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


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.

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  Estate agent wins legal fight following lewd remark


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 was employed as a senior financial consultant.

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


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 “race to the bottom”, particularly if the UK walks away from the Single Market.

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  Employers could be obliged to consider requests for fixed hours


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.

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