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Castle Weekly News Round Up 12.1

Published 04 December 2015

This week in the news; new research finds that flexible working and zero hours contracts could lead to an increase in tribunal cases; a firearms officer wins is discrimination case at the tribunal; yet another council faces allegation of bullying and harassment in the workplace; and a man falsely accused of being a whistle blower is unfairly dismissed and is awarded £15,000 in compensation.

Risk of tribunals increases with rise of flexible, insecure contracts, finds research

Employers could be facing a raft of employment tribunal claims from ‘the new workforce’ as research has found that 'manager controlled flexible scheduling' has a clear impact on employee mental health. According to research from the University of Cambridge, rising job insecurity and uncertainty brought about by zero hours contracts (ZHC), short hours or minimum hour contracts, and even flexi contracts, has led to a significant increase in work-related stress.

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Firearms officer Nadeem Saddique wins discrimination case

A firearms officer who guarded Tony Blair and members of the Royal family was victimised because he is Asian, an employment tribunal has ruled. PC Nadeem Saddique, from Stockton, Teesside, alleged he was forced out of Cleveland Police's firearms unit and resented by colleagues. The tribunal concluded "the majority of his claims were well founded". The force's chief constable said the judgment would be "quickly and carefully considered".

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Coventry man accuses council employers of bullying and harassment

A Coventry family man who was awarded an MBE for services to religious organisations and community relations, complained he was bullied and harassed while working for a Midland council. Deepak Naik, aged 44, of Stoke, Coventry made the accusations as he made a legal claim for disability discrimination against Birmingham City Council at Birmingham Employment Tribunal.

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Worker sacked for photocopying rota wins £15,000 payout

A COOK who was sacked for photocopying his staff rota has been awarded more than £15,000 at an employment tribunal. Managers at Eildon House nursing home in Edinburgh suspected Mark Knowles was passing on information about staffing levels to the care watchdog so dismissed him for gross misconduct. Mr Knowles claimed he was making a copy to remind him of his shifts but bosses believed he had breached confidentiality by copying the "data protected information".

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