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Hethertons Solicitors Employment Bulletin - November 2018

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.

  Businesses Fined for not paying minimum wage


Official figures have revealed that a record £15.6 million of underpayment to workers has been uncovered in the past year, prompting huge fines against employers.

In total, 200,000 workers missed out on being paid at least the minimum wage rate, the highest number since the statutory rate was introduced in 1999.

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  Almost half of UK employees ‘disguising’ mental health problems as physical illnesses at work, study finds


A recent report has indicated that almost half of UK workers are ‘disguising’ their mental health issues as physical illnesses at work due to a fear of what their employers might think of them.

The new research published by health insurance provider BHSF has revealed that some 42 per cent of employees have called in sick claiming to be suffering from flu, viral infections and more when in reality they are grappling with a mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

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  A quarter of British employees experience discrimination in the workplace


Over a quarter of British workers have experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace, a new study has revealed.

Sky, which published the report, said it hopes its research challenges the way future employers think about discrimination.

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  Construction firm fined £1.25 million after gas leaks


A subsidiary of UK housing contractor Willmott Dixon has been ordered to pay close to £1.5 million in fines and costs after residents were exposed to carbon monoxide (CO) fumes.

Aylesbury Crown Court heard how on 11 December 2014 at Hamilton House in Wolverton, a number of gas installations were found to be either dangerous or at risk following the report of a smell of gas by one of the residents.

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