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Protective Award claims – what are they and how much could you be entitled to?

A Protective Award is an award of compensation of up to 90 days’ gross pay, that can be awarded by an Employment Tribunal, for failure by your employer to collectively inform and consult you where you have been dismissed on the grounds of redundancy. This applies to dismissals of 20 or more employees, within a 90 day period.

If such dismissals should occur, your trade union or employee representatives (if any) can put forward a claim to the tribunal on your behalf. If there is no trade union or elected employee representatives, then you can pursue the claim yourself or in conjunction with your fellow workers.

TUC study reveals stress is now a top health and safety concern at work

A study published to coincide with World Mental Health Day by the TUC suggests that 70% of workplaces now have a problem with stress.

Asking over 1,000 health and safety reps around the UK to identify hazards in the workplace that most trouble them and their workforce, the survey of found that 70% cited stress as a problem. This is an increase of 3% since the last survey in 2014 and was the highest proportion recorded in the biennial study, with public sector employees particularly affected.

The dangers of using Facebook

In a recent employment case, a teacher posted what she believed to be a throwaway comment on Facebook. In an on-line chat with a colleague, she said that “class 8G1 are just as bad as 8G2 LOL (laugh out loud)”. Although the teacher didn’t mention the names of any pupils or the school she worked…

Pregnancy related dismissals

Pregnant women and women on maternity leave have rights in the workplace including the right not to be dismissed or made redundant because of their pregnancy or maternity leave. If a woman is dismissed or selected for redundancy where the only reason or the main reason for her dismissal or selection is related to pregnancy…

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