Barclays CEO under investigation for trying to identify whistle blower – what protections do ‘whistle blowers’ get?

Barclays CEO, Jes Staley, is currently being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) for trying to identify a whistle blower. Whistle blowing is the collective term given to reporting wrongdoing at work and this raises a number of financial, practical, legal and moral considerations for both employers and employees.

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British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock

The Court of Appeal in British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock held that results-based commission should be taken into account when working out statutory holiday pay. The Supreme Court has now rejected British Gas’ application to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s judgment and this issue of principle is therefore finalised.

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Shared parental leave – Employers should be aware of how the regulations will impact on their business

The additional paternity leave scheme introduced in April 2011, which allows a child’s father or a mother’s partner to take up to 26 weeks’ leave has been abolished from 5 April 2015 and effectively replaced by share parental leave (SPL). SPL is a new type of family leave available to parents of babies due or children placed for adoption from 5 April 2015.

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Zero-hour contracts – Employers may be forced to pay a premium rate for short notice work

Matthew Taylor was appointed by Theresa May last year to review employment practices in the light of concerns about the precarious nature of work, particularly in the gig economy.

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O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy Employment Tribunal (Disability and Unfair Dismissal)

Ms O’Brien was a Director of Learning ICT at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy (the Academy). In March 2011, she was assaulted by a pupil at the Academy. Ms O’Brien shortly returned to work however; she felt unsafe and was unhappy with the Academy’s response to the assault. In December 2011, Ms O’Brien went off sick suffering from stress at work and was subsequently diagnosed with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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