Tribunal fees – Remission process simplified

HMCTS has amended the fee remission system, making it less bureaucratic and thereby easier to claim remission from Employment Tribunal fees.

Since 28 October 2015, the fees remission process has been rechristened “Help with Fees” and a there’s a new application form available for download from the ‘Forms and guidance’ section of the HMCTS website.

Applicants are now required to self-assessment their eligibility, and the submission of supporting paperwork such as bank statements and payslips is [...]

By |November 12th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Relevance and Compliance

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015 which came into force on 29 October 2015, state that businesses with a turnover of £36m or more will be required publish slavery and human trafficking statements annually, outlining what they are doing (or not doing) to combat modern slavery in their supply chains and organisation.
There is no requirement that the organisation must guarantee that their supply chain is slavery free, but [...]

By |November 11th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Wearing a poppy at work – can it lead to problems for employers?

There have been cases in the past where employers have come under fire for their policy on staff wearing poppies in the workplace.

This year, it has happened to KFC where a worker claimed he was banned from wearing his poppy in the kitchen. The Company maintained that its ban on wearing poppies in kitchens was for health and safety reasons, to avoid foreign bodies falling into food.

And in the Republic of Ireland a [...]

By |November 6th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Whistleblowing – ‘What is in the public interest’ – Part 3

In May, we updated you on the latest cases on what constitutes being in the public interest and therefore would be protected under whistleblowing legislation.

Another case, Underwood v Wincanton Plc, has recently been heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). Here, the Claimant was complaining about the allocation of overtime, and submitted a claim on the grounds that he was dismissed for making a protected disclosure in this regard.

The Employment Tribunal (ET) struck out [...]

By |October 23rd, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment Tribunal submits recommendations on fees

The President and Regional Employment Judges of the Employment Tribunals (England & Wales) have submitted written evidence in respect of the MoJ’s review of the employment tribunal fee regime.


Its key findings were as follows…


The income generated by fees does not meet the target set by the Government in respect of covering a proportion of the running costs of the Employment Tribunal system.

There is little evidence that introduction of fees has encouraged parties to seek [...]

By |October 15th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Grandparents Access to Shared Parental Leave

After we had just got used to the nuances of Shared Parental Leave and Pay, George Osborne has now announced the proposal to extend the access of this leave to grandparents from 2018.

The first question we asked ourselves was who will be processing payments, but it would appear that this will only be available to ‘working’ grandparents so it is likely to fall to the employers of the grandparents to process any payments and [...]

By |October 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Extension to hard hat exemption for Sikhs

The Government has announced that turban-wearing Sikhs now have the right to choose not to wear head protection and will be exempt from legal requirements to wear a safety helmet in the majority of workplaces.

Under previous law, Sikhs wearing turbans were not required to wear motorcycle helmets and  were exempt from construction industry rules requiring cranial protection (ref: s16(2) Road Traffic Act 1988 and s11 & 12 Employment Act 1989).

For minors, the Horses (Protective Headgear for [...]

By |October 8th, 2015|Health & Safety News|

Legislation updates

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, 1st October, and we see another batch of legislation updates. So what’s new…

National Minimum Wage increases – hourly rates will be increased as follows:

21 and over        £6.70phr

18 to 20                £5.30phr

Under 18             £3.87phr

Apprentice         £3.30phr

Also be mindful of the further increase due in April 2016 for over 25 year olds as we adopt the National Living Wage of £7.20phr.

Safety helmet exemptions – from the 1st of this [...]

By |October 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

EAT limits HR’s role in disciplinary situations

The question for this recent Employment Tribunal Appeal (EAT) case was related to the advice or guidance that a Disciplining Officer can seek from HR before making the decision as to what action to take.

The case, Ramphal v Department for Transport, involved allegations of misconduct in relation to expense claims and use of hire cars. The manager acting as Disciplining Officer was inexperienced in such matters and, during the course of preparing his report [...]

By |September 25th, 2015|HR / Employment Law News|

Travel time for mobile workers considered ‘working time’

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently considered a case concerning the working time of peripatetic (travelling) technicians whose job involves travelling to customers’ homes to install and maintain security systems. The Spanish domestic court asked the ECJ to consider whether or not it could be permissible for the first and last journeys of the day to be classed as ‘rest time’ as opposed to ‘working time’. The Advocate General’s (a lawyer who [...]

By |September 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|