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Castle Weekly News Round Up 11.1

Published 31 October 2015

This week in the news, the Tory government state that the EU has an important role in deciding employment law; a delivery driver is awarded £31k in compensation after winning his unfair dismissal case; a whistle blower from a Manchester school has taken her former employer to tribunal for unfair dismissal;

EU has 'important role' in British employment law, says Foreign Secretary

Brussels has an “important role” in setting Britain’s employment laws, the Foreign Secretary said yesterday, in comments hinting the UK will not seek an opt-out of measures such as the Working Time Directive.

Philip Hammond reassured a Labour MP who asked for a “guarantee” that there will be no “dilution” of EU employment legislation.

Read the whole story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11944602/EU-has-important-role-in-British-employment-law-says-Foreign-Secretary.html

Driver nets £31k for unfair dismissal over Scots workload

A DELIVERY driver who claims he was treated in an “almost inhumane” way by his boss has been awarded almost £31,000 at an employment tribunal.

Jesse Meredith, 29, told his manager at global company Harvey and Brockless that extra deliveries taking him all over the country might not be possible during one working day.

Read the whole story: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/driver-nets-31k-for-unfair-dismissal-over-scots-workload-1-3922458#ixzz3pBpm13a5

Teacher sacked after accusing colleagues of helping pupils to cheat in exams takes school to tribunal

A teacher who was sacked after accusing colleagues of helping pupils to cheat in exams has taken her former school to an employment tribunal.

Spanish teacher Elena Isherwood claims she was unfairly dismissed by Sale Grammar School after making allegations of exam malpractice in the modern foreign languages department.

Read the whole story: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/teacher-sacked-after-accusing-colleagues-10299542

'Christmas cancelled' at Trojan Horse school, tribunal told

Former assistant headteacher at Nansen Primary said prayers took children away from vital English and maths lessons. Mrs Thompson claimed she was forced to leave Nansen, being made redundant in August 2013.

Read the full story: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/christmas-cancelled-trojan-horse-school-10312415

Woman claims unfair dismissal from Thornton’s

Aisling Neidhard says she was fired from Dublin restaurant for being pregnant. A woman has claimed she was unfairly dismissed from award-winning Thornton’s Restaurant in Dublin for being pregnant.

Chef Kevin Thornton, whose restaurant had a Michelin star for two decades until this year, owns and runs the restaurant with his wife and business partner Muriel Thornton.

 Aisling Neidhard, who worked in the office of the restaurant in the Fitzwilliam Hotel, claims Ms Thornton asked during her job interview if as a newlywed she planned to have children soon.

Read the full story: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/woman-claims-unfair-dismissal-from-thornton-s-1.2402270

Age discrimination: Former Dunnes worker awarded £40,000

A Northern Ireland woman who claimed Dunnes Stores discriminated against her because of her age has been awarded £40,000 in settlement.

Gloria Dunbar had worked as a security manager for Dunnes (Bangor Ltd) since 2005.

When she was told to leave, she was 63 years old and working at the store's Annadale Embankment, Belfast branch.

Settling the case, Dunnes did not accept that it had broken equality legislation.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-34598868

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