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Unfair Dismissal Claims Rocket

Unfair Dismissal Claims Rocket

Small businesses are facing an increasing number of unfair dismissal claims after failing to follow statutory redundancy procedures, according to insurance firm Hiscox. Research from Hiscox has revealed a threefold increase in insurance claims from small businesses being sued by employees for unfair dismissal in the last quarter of 2008. "Many small-business owners will not have steered a company through a recession before and are unaware of what they need to do," said Hiscox SME expert Gary Head. "All businesses should seek professional advice when it comes to making redundancies or they might find that what started out as a cost-cutting exercise could cost them far more in the long run." Unfair dismissal claims can arise when employees feel they have been treated unfa... »

Carers’ Rights Ruling leaves firms exposed to Discrimination Claims

A landmark EU court ruling which backed a UK employee’s right to take time off work to look after her disabled son could leave employers exposed to a rush of discrimination claims, legal experts have warned. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg agreed that Sharon Coleman suffered ‘discrimination by association’ when she was forced to resign from her job after being denied flexible working arrangements to look after her disabled child. Crucially, judges ruled that an EU Directive which outlaws discrimination at work on grounds of disability, is not limited to disabled people themselves but also extends to those caring for them. According to employment law firm Croner Consulting, the ruling could open the doors for a rush of similar associative discrimination claims ... »