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Company Fined £1.8 Million after Staff Exposed to Legionnaires Disease Risk

Employers who fail to ensure the health and safety of their workers can expect to receive financial penalties that are designed to hurt. In one case that proved the point, a security company that exposed its staff to a grave risk of contracting Legionnaires disease was fined £1.8 million. A local authority launched an investigation after one the company’s...

Restrictions on Use of Holiday Homes – Court of Appeal Lays Down the Law

Many thousands of holiday homes are subject to planning restrictions that forbid their occupation all the year round or as principal residences. Such rules are sometimes taken with a pinch of salt by their owners, but a Court of Appeal ruling showed that they must be taken seriously. The case concerned a number of properties that lay within a country park. They...

Breast Cancer Survivor Compensated for Workplace Mistreatment

When an employee falls ill, it is absolutely vital to avoid discrimination and treat them with sensitivity. In one case where that certainly failed to happen, a breast cancer sufferer won substantial compensation from her former employer. The woman worked as PA for the chief executive of a property company. After her condition was diagnosed, she was initially...

Deadlocked Companies – Judges Have Power to End Paralysis

Companies in which no one has a controlling interest can easily become deadlocked if shareholders fall out. However, judges have a range of powers to bring such paralysis to an end and enable all concerned to move on with their lives. One High Court case exactly on point concerned a pipe fitting company in which two men each held 50 per cent of the shares. They...

Controversial Employment Tribunal Fees Struck Down by Supreme Court

In a resounding decision that emphasised the right of everyone to have affordable access to the justice system, the much criticised fees levied on complainants by the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal have been struck down as unlawful by the Supreme Court. The fees – which range from £390 for straightforward cases to £1,200 for more...