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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Employment Tribunal Awards £30,000 to Employee Dismissed over Liking Facebook Comment

A food inspector has been awarded over £30,000 by an employment tribunal after an Employment Judge deemed his dismissal for liking a comment on Facebook amounted to unfair dismissal.  Alan Blue worked as a meat hygiene inspector for the Foods Standards Agency and was based at an abattoir in Wishaw. He was dismissed from his role after liking a comment on Facebook written by a former employee about the abattoir manager, which said:

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Guidance on Bereavement in the Workplace Issued by Acas

Acas have published guidance for employers for managing bereavement and creating bereavement policies.

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Mental Illness in the Workplace Must be Recognized and Supported

In response to the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual report, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has agreed that employers should be recognizing and supporting the effects work can have on mental illness.

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, published a report released 9 September 2014 that asks employers to recognize the importance of mental illness in the work place, and offer support to employees suffering from it.

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50,000 more children to Benefit from Maintenance Payments

The government has estimated that up to 50,000 more children may now be eligible for maintenance.

This announcement has come as the process of closing all existing Child Support Agency (CSA) begins. 

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Women Must Work Until Age 80 to Earn as Much as Men in Their Lifetime

New salary figures released have identified a ‘mid-life pay crisis’ affecting female managers. Women over 40 are currently earning 35% less than men.

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