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Hethertons Solicitors Employment Bulletin - May 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors employment bulletin, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm, along with our latest service advancements and key developments in the world of employment-related law.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing specialist advice to individuals and businesses in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm, which prides itself on providing a highly personalised service to clients.

We hope you enjoy reading our latest bulletin and find it informative.

  West Yorkshire food processor fined £1.4 million after worker crush injury


A food processing company based in West Yorkshire has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured whilst unblocking a machine on the poultry slaughter line.

In the hearing at Doncaster Magistrates, the court heard how in September 2012, an employee of 2 Sisters Food Group Limited was attempting to clear a blockage on a conveying system at its Foxhills Industrial Estate site in Scunthorpe when he was struck by a large metal stillage.

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  Unfair dismissal compensation rates increase


New limits on employment tribunal awards have been announced by the Government.

The two key changes to be aware of: The limit on the compensatory award for ‘ordinary’ unfair dismissal has increased from £83,682 to £86,444.

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  Directors can be liable for breaches of employment contract


Directors of a limited company can be personally liable for breaches of an employment contract after a High Court ruling.

In the recent case of Antuzis V DJ Houghton, the High Court ruled that the employees were employed by Houghton in an exploitative manner. This included being paid less than the minimum wage, working extremely long hours, payments being withheld or frequently not paid, and no attempt to pay overtime or holiday pay.

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  New payslip legislation rolled out


Employers should check that they are compliant with changes to payroll legislation, which came into force on 6 April 2019.

The changes have been introduced to improve transparency around worker’s pay and how it is calculated by employers. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published guidance to help businesses with the changes.

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  New bands for injury to feelings claims


The guidelines as to the level of compensation to be awarded in claims in the Employment Tribunal involving injury to feelings have been updated.

The new figures apply to cases started in the Employment Tribunal from 6 April 2019 onwards.

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  North Yorkshire potato processing company fined £50,000 after worker vehicle injury


A potato processing company based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, has been sentenced and fined £50,000 for safety breaches after an employee was struck by a telehandler load.

At Leeds Magistrates Court, the court heard how Colin Smith, aged 62, was struck by three potato boxes loaded on a telehandler being operated by another worker at Braegate Produce. Mr. Smith sustained a fractured leg after being knocked to the floor.

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  Bounty (UK) Limited fined £400,000 for breaking data protection regulations


Bounty (UK) Limited have been fined £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for illegally sharing more than 14 million people’s personal information.

Bounty, a pregnancy and parenting club, collected personal information for membership registration through its website and mobile app, merchandise pack claim cards and from new mothers at hospital bedsides.

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