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Former employees at a Dundee construction company have been awarded a collective sum after it was deemed that they were not given adequate warning about the fate of the company, which led to redundancies.

Workers at the construction firm Muirfield Contracts were given £220,000 after it was decided in an employment tribunal that they were unfairly dismissed. The company had faced legal action because labourers, skilled tradesman and site managers were not consulted about the construction company going into administration last year.

Following the legal action from the union UCATT, workers were awarded eight weeks worth of compensation, amounting to just under £220,000.

The union’s representative for Tayside had claimed that the workers were not filled in on the dire situation the company was in and expressed his happiness about the outcome of the case.  131 union members will receive compensation through a protective award, based on their weekly salary, paid by the Redundancy Payments Service.

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The former Chelsea doctor, Eva Carneiro, who was dismissed after a bust up with then-manager Jose Mourinho, has failed to reach a settlement agreement with the club resulting in a private employment tribunal hearing beginning this week.

Due to both parties being unable to reach a settlement, it is expected that the case will end up in an employment tribunal and could result in lengthy court action.

Carneiro’s has launched a constructive dismissal and sex discrimination claim after she was frozen out of her job with the club. The club doctor had fallen out with the then manager of the club after she ran onto the pitch to treat a player in the dying minutes of a game, against the manager’s wishes. The doctor was banned from first team matches and attending the ground on certain days, ultimately leading her to quit her role at the club.

She then took legal action citing unfair dismissal after she has asked to be reinstated in her role as the first-team doctor. Carneiro claimed for damages for sex discrimination from Jose Mourinho, as well as personal injury compensation and aggravated damages from the club. It is believed that the number of cases launched by Carneiro made it difficult for any settlement agreement to be met.

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The UK Government are to reform the ballot system and the way industrial action can legally occur in a bid to prevent “back door” strikes.

The Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said there will be "significant changes" to strike laws especially for public workers such as transport, fire services and schools, with the changes to the laws considered to be a priority for the Conservative Government.

Under current rules a strike is valid regardless of turnout. If most vote for the motion then it will come into effect.

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Entering into negotiations about a settlement agreement can seem daunting, however this doesn’t have to be the case. Whilst your solicitor will be able to advise you ob the best possible deal and negotiate on your behalf, you might want to be aware of a few hints and tops for getting the best settlement agreement for you.

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