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Employee sentenced to six weeks for deleting confidential emails

Case highlights ‘very serious consequences’ of disregarding court orders

A cleaning contractor employee who deleted confidential emails in defiance of an injunction from his employer has been sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment.

Jagdeep Dadi was an employee at OCS Group, an aviation cleaning contractor at Heathrow Airport, but in February 2017 he was transferred to a competing contractor, OmniServ, via TUPE after OCS lost the contract. Following the transfer, OCS claimed that Dadi had breached his employment contract by sending confidential information to his private email and slapped him with an interim injunction.

It was alleged that Dadi conspired with his manager, Mr Ahitan, who was also transferred to OmniServ, to breach his employment duties at OCS. Dadi and two other employees were served with an order that prohibited them from disclosing confidential information to third parties or destroying any evidence relating to the order, and required them to disclose any items of confidential information that had already been shared.

Despite being warned that breaking the order could lead to a fine or a prison sentence, Dadi deleted around 8,000 emails and tipped off others, including his manager, about the injunction, before seeking legal advice. After obtaining advice, he admitted breaching the order and cooperated with OCS in trying – albeit unsuccessfully – to recover the deleted emails.

Low-paying sectors turn to EU staff because they can’t recruit Brits, study finds

CIPD and NIESR warn government that school leavers are not enticed by ‘meat factory or care home’ work

Traditionally lower-paying sectors – such as food manufacturing, hospitality and care – rely on EU27 staff because UK workers are unwilling to take the jobs, a study has revealed.

The report by the CIPD and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), Facing the future: tackling post-Brexit labour and skills shortages, found that more than a third (35 per cent) of employers in low-paying industries have hired EU staff after being unable to find UK-born workers to fill low or semi-skilled jobs.

Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the CIPD, said: “The report concludes that there is a strong need for employers to be able to continue to recruit unskilled labour from the EU where they are unable to recruit locally and have shown they have made all reasonable efforts to recruit from within the UK. Any efforts to hinder this will hinder business growth.”

The research also discovered the Brexit vote has already taken its toll on recruitment. A tenth (11 per cent) of the more than 1,000 organisations surveyed said the number of EU nationals they have recruited since the referendum has decreased.

Meanwhile, a quarter (25 per cent) of those surveyed felt introducing a requirement where an EU migrant must have a job offer before they can enter the UK would have a negative impact on their business.

Almost half of workers borrow money to meet daily needs

Only 3 per cent would tell managers about financial worries; experts highlight negative impact of debt on wellbeing and performance

Almost half (48 per cent) of UK workers are having to borrow money to meet their day-to-day financial needs, according to a nationwide study of financial wellbeing.

In the research by Neyber, one in three workers (33 per cent) also listed financial concerns as their biggest worry.

However, the findings showed a divergence between employer and employee outlook in providing financial support and provision. While more than half (56 per cent) of businesses ranked themselves highly in offering financial assistance, two-fifths (39 per cent) of workers said their employer fails to communicate anything to do with financial support.

And while 24 per cent of employers thought their employees would seek managerial support if they were worried about money, only 3 per cent of employees said they would approach an employer with financial troubles.

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