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Care worker wins pay­out at hear­ing

- BY TOM EARNSHAW Health Care · Athena · Hesketh Racing · Abbey Wood · Jon Parkin

ACARE home worker has been awarded thou­sands of pounds af­ter be­ing made re­dun­dant on the first day of her new job.

Miss J Dash had worked for Athena Health­care Group Ltd for a num­ber of years, work­ing partly in train­ing and partly in com­pli­ance, pri­mar­ily at Abbey Wood Lodge care home in Orm­skirk, as well as Hes­keth Park Lodge and Park­lands Lodge, both in South­port.

On Mon­day, Au­gust 19, last year she had ex­pected to start a new role within the com­pany as an ad­min­is­tra­tor.

But on the same day, the com­pany, which also has care homes in Burscough and Much Hoole, made Miss Dash re­dun­dant.

It as­sured her she would re­ceive four weeks’ pay and would also serve four weeks of gar­den­ing leave.

On ter­mi­na­tion of her em­ploy­ment, the com­pany made an unau­tho­rised de­duc­tion from her fi­nal pay. Fol­low­ing this, Miss Dash took Athena Health­care Group Ltd to an em­ploy­ment tri­bunal.

Athena Health­care Group Ltd ac­knowl­edged the tri­bunal but did not present a claim against

Miss Dash’s claims of un­fair dis­missal and un­law­ful de­duc­tion of wages.

In the rul­ing, which was pub­lished in July, the tri­bunal sided with Miss Dash, award­ing her thou­sands of pounds.

“No proper warn­ing or con­sul­ta­tion about re­dun­dancy from the roles was given and no suf­fi­cient con­sid­er­a­tion of suit­able al­ter­na­tive em­ploy­ment made,” Re­gional Em­ploy­ment Judge Jonathan Parkin found.

Athena Health­care Group Ltd was or­dered to pay Miss Dash a to­tal of £2,396, split in the fol­low­ing way: A pay­ment of £104.50 for an unau­tho­rised de­duc­tion of wages;

A pay­ment of £1,246.50 for be­ing un­fairly dis­missed by rea­son of re­dun­dancy (re­duced to £284.62 to fac­tor in a £961.88 re­dun­dancy pay­ment al­ready pro­vided);

A pay­ment of £500 for loss of statu­tory rights;

Com­pen­satory Award of £1,506.88.

 ??  ?? Abbey Wood Lodge res­i­den­tial care home, in Orm­skirk
Abbey Wood Lodge res­i­den­tial care home, in Orm­skirk

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