Refusal to Make Changes Results in Payout [9th Jul 2012]
A crane operator who had to have part of his leg amputated and felt discriminated against upon his return to work has been awarded £38,000 in compensation at an employment tribunal this week. The man had started work at Mammoet UK in 2007 and was considered to have an impressive work ethic by fellow workers. However he was forced to have the amputation in 2008 and worked hard at his rehabilitation which included using a prosthetic limb. He was keep to return to work a few months later. However despite being asked several times for minor adjustments to be made to his working environment, Mammoet failed to do so and later dismissed him. The tribunal stated that it was a clear case of discrimination as the claimant was keen to return to work despite his disability and he has since secured alternative employment. They were impressed by the lengths he had taken to get further work.
Amputee wins £38k for discrimination over disability - www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk
A woman who lost nearly £8,500 in the Farepak scheme collapse has lost her battle for compensation after six years. Jackie Southby had been saving in the scheme for herself, her daughter and her mother as well as a number of elderly friends. She sent off the money to Farepack regularly on behalf of these people as a favour to them. However she is among a number of other savers who have discovered that the compensation case taken to the High Court by the Insolvency Service has been abandoned because of a lack of evidence. The Insolvency Service had hoped to ensure that the directors of Farepak be barred from being directors. It also emerged last week that the bank which held the deposits, HBOS, had continued to collect money even after it was aware that Farepak was going to go into administration. The bank has been urged to return money to those savers who lost out.
Savings scheme victim loses six year fight for compensation - www.hastingsobserver.co.uk
The chief executive of Ulster bank has announced the details of a compensation package for those affected by the computer problems at the bank in recent weeks will be announced later this week. Jim Brown has said that there will be an independent investigation into what happened and that none of those affected will be left out of pocket. It is expected that things will get back to normal on July 16, after first breaking down on June 19. Mr Brown has commented that the incident was unprecedented in terms of how complex it is to fix the problem. He says that they want the procedure for compensation to be as painless as possible and that the funds are already in place to ensure people are paid as soon as possible. Meanwhile the Northern Ireland government has questioned if bank executives will be taking their bonuses this year.
Ulster bank to release details of customer compensation - www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
The union USDAW has launched a campaign to highlight how proposed changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme will affect its members. USDAW is the union for shop workers and they believe that the changes to the way CICS compensation is paid out will disproportionately affect their members. The changes will mean that minor crimes will not be compensated and anyone who has an unspent conviction will not be eligible. USDAW believes this would mean that 17,000 people will lose out on compensation they would have otherwise received. Hohn Hannet from USDAW has said that many workers who deal with the public are particularly vulnerable to violence and assault and they work in a low paid environment with poor sick pay schemes. He feels that workers may be forced to take time off work if they are injured causing them to be left financially worse off.
Union launches campaign over compensation scheme cuts - www.bbc.co.uk
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