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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

Can you fire someone for not telling you they have a criminal record and did time for dealing drugs? Australian system integrator Data#3 has just been told the answer to that question is “no”, under some circumstances. As a report (PDF) on this case explains, in late December 2014, Data#3 hired a chap known only as “Mr. AW” as …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
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Yes, you can be sacked for making dodgy Facebook posts

Ignorance about Facebook privacy settings is no excuse for complaining about the consequences of publishing off-colour online comments, a US judge has ruled. Robert J Sumien, an emergency medical technician in Texas, wrote a Facebook wall post about giving "boot to the head" to unruly patients. The comment came to the …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2012
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Nobody has any idea about new pension thing happening

More than half of workers are "totally unaware" that they will be auto-enrolled into a pension plan when changes to the law come into force next year, according to a survey. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) quarterly 'Employee Outlook' (12-page/370KB PDF) revealed that young people and those in non …
OUT-LAW.COM, 5 Sep 2011
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Boy George promises to cut employment rights

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is asking employers to get in touch over plans to reform employment law. First in the Coalition sights for reform is discrimination legislation, where the government fears businesses are settling even when faced with weak cases because compensation is theoretically unlimited. Osborne …
John Oates, 11 May 2011
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Extension of flexibility 'may help solve retirement problems'

Comment The Government has restated its plans to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees. Rather than resist the change, though, employers could see it as a chance to help deal with another issue – the removal of the retirement age. Workers approaching 65 might well use flexible working requests to cut down their …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Jan 2011
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Bosses warned over Scrooge-like approach to snow problems

Employers may be legally entitled to dock workers' pay if they stay at home because of snow and extreme weather, but such a course of action can be risky and cause resentment, according to guidance from Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind OUT-LAW.COM. It says that employees are under a legal obligation to get to work and that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 6 Jan 2010
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You can't sack me, I'm with Gaia

Sacked employees can play the 'Green Card', and make wrongful dismissal claims against their former employers on grounds of their belief, a judge has ruled. Paradoxically, this could also protect non-believers - such as climate skeptics and atheist vicars, the latter being the norm in the Church of England, which we'll come to …
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Workplace dispute laws change today

The way workplace disputes are handled will change from Monday. The Government's scrapping of the statutory grievance and disciplinary procedures is just one of the law changes that will come into effect on 6th April. The Government introduced a strict protocol for workplace disputes in 2004, forcing employers to go through …
OUT-LAW.COM, 6 Apr 2009

Dell hit with $500m discrimination suit

Four former senior Dell HR executives, all women, have filed a $500m class action that accuses the company of systemic gender and age discrimination. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, alleges Dell unfairly targeted women and employees over 40 in the big round of recent …
John Oates, 3 Nov 2008

Calif. techies sue AT&T and Yellowpages in overtime spat

Two California computer support technicians have launched a class action suit against their employers, AT&T and, for classifying them as 'managers' or 'engineers' to avoid paying overtime and meal breaks. Today, Chris Shoff and Richard Traister filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing AT&T and …
Drew Cullen, 13 Apr 2007
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Intel owed depressed employee more than counselling

Simply providing counselling for employees does not absolve companies of responsibility for their employees, the UK's Court of Appeal has ruled. The Court found that Intel was responsible for a worker's breakdown even though it provided counselling. "The respondent, a loyal and capable employee, pointed out the serious …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007

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