Scaffolding boss wins tribunal claim

Scaffolding Boss
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An ex scaffolding boss has won an employment tribunal claim after he missed out on a £20,000 bonus when he took his son to hospital for an operation.

Network Scaffolding Contractors, part of Taziker Industrial in Horwich accused Will Webb of failing to work his notice at the firm.

A Manchester employment tribunal was told that management at Network Scaffolding claimed he had left work early on March 22 last year and then failed to attend work the following day. However, Mr Webb insisted he was allowed to leave work as he was accompanying his son while he had surgery to remove his appendix.

The scaffolding firm told him he was not entitled to a £20,000 bonus for the year, as he had failed to complete his full notice period. Mr Webb told the hearing he believed he had been placed on gardening leave, as he was asked to hand in his company car and site keys.

According to the Bolton News the manager was in charge of the company’s Salford branch before being moved to Bolton, in October 2017, where was made responsible for one of their regions.

His salary rose from £45,000 to £55,000 but he argued, as he had to take on the duties of a departing commercial manager, he should be paid more.

Though the parties disputed this, he says they agreed to eventually pay him £60,000, with a £20,000 bonus.

Ruling in Mr Webb’s favour, employment judge Pauline Feeney said he was a “credible witness”, who had produced Facebook messages supporting his claim he was placed on gardening leave before he left.