Good afternoon – here’s today’s round-up of all the latest HR and employment law news. Click the titles if you want to read the full articles.
The boss of a Somerset bus company has taken his fleet off the road without warning and sent a note to staff saying: “I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you a moment longer.”
The journeys of hundreds of passengers, including schoolchildren, have been affected. Nippybus drivers and staff have expressed anger at the sudden closure of the company.
The company’s website says: “Nippybus has ceased operational activity with immediate effect. The company has appointed agents who will now work to release the company’s assets and discharge its liabilities.”
But an internal memo to staff from Sydney Hardy, 57, was much more colourful, saying he was “getting off” after 13 years in charge of the company.
The director of a Birmingham recycling company has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence after admitting he knew the risks of a dangerous and “dilapidated” trommel into which an employee was dragged and crushed to death.
Master Construction Products (Skips), which is in liquidation, was also fined £255,000 after pleading guilty to corporate manslaughter.
The incident happened on 22 January 2015 at the company’s site in Sparkhill, Birmingham. 29-year-old employee Safi Qais Khan was dragged into the trommel and sustained serious injuries to his head and upper chest.
An ambulance was called for and a colleague tried in vain to revive Khan, who died at the site.
An inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that guards had been removed from the machinery, leaving a “realistic hazard” that a person could fall onto the drive chain and conveyor belts.
Riders at food courier firm Deliveroo will begin the process of seeking employment rights such as the minimum wage at a tribunal on Thursday, in a further challenge to the flourishing “gig economy.”
The firm says the vast majority of its couriers enjoy flexible working but some unions and MPs have criticised its practices and say riders should be entitled to rights such as holiday entitlement and the minimum wage.
The Bank of England has warned that 10,000 jobs could leave the City on “day one” after the UK leaves the EU.
Sam Woods, a deputy governor of the Bank, also admitted that forecasts of 75,000 job losses over the long-term were “plausible” at an appearance before peers on the Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee.
The estimate of 75,000 job losses was made by consultants Oliver Wyman, which also warned that up to £10bn in tax revenue could be lost if the UK was left to rely on World Trade Organisation rules and there was no transition period after March 2019 when the country leaves the EU.