Government ponders the reintroduction of tribunal fees

The Law Society Gazette is reporting that the Government is considering reintroducing tribunal fees.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is convinced that a fee system can be found which does not deny claimants access to justice, as indicated by a written answer in Hansard earlier this year which stated that it was reviewing how (as opposed to whether) it would reintroduce tribunal fees.

Fees for bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

What the budget has in store for employers….

Increase in National Living Wage

The Government pledge to achieve a national minimum wage of £9.00 by 2020, would appear to be on track. Therefore, the increase to £8.21 per hour from April 2019 is no major surprise and Companies would be wise to plan ahead for the further increase that’s in the pipeline.

Rates overall will increase as follows:

25 and over – from £7.83 to £8.21
21 to 24 – from £7.38 to [...]

By |November 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Reforming Employment Law Hearing Structures – Is there bad news on the horizon for employers?

On 26th September 2018 the Law Commission issued a consultation paper on Employment Law Hearing Structures. The consultation is due to conclude on 11th January 2019 after which recommendations will be presented to the Government.  So what might be in store for Employment Law hearings and how might this impact on employers?

One of the proposals set out in the paper is an extension of the limitation periods in Employment Tribunal, in most cases extending [...]

By |September 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Is this the end of the 9-5?

If you look around any town centre, shopping mall, or in fact, any location where young people can be found en masse, there will almost certainly be a common image. That is of young people, the future workforce, with their heads down, scrolling or tapping away on their phone, often whilst with their friends. The simple fact of the matter is that this is modern communication. WhatsApp, Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram (don’t for [...]

By |August 22nd, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Government report makes sexual harassment recommendations

According to a BBC survey in November 2017, a startling 40% of British women, and 18% of British men stated that they had experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is, and has been, at the forefront of our attention for a number of months following the rise of the #MeToo movement and the ‘Time’s Up’ campaign. More recently, this has been further added to by the report produced by [...]

By |August 16th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Court of Appeal ruling: Sleeping on the job

The Court of Appeal has ruled that carers that sleep overnight at a client’s home, are not entitled to the minimum wage whilst sleeping.

In consideration of Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home), the Court of Appeal found that any employee that stays the night at a disabled, elderly or vulnerable person’s home, are only entitled to the National Minimum [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Employment Tribunal Training – Manchester, 26 July 2018

In July 2017, the Supreme Court concluded that the fees charged for lodging Employment Tribunal claims were preventing access to justice for many employees and so were unlawful and should no longer be charged. Since then, the Ministry of Justice has reported a staggering increase of 90% in claims. As such, employers are more likely than ever to be faced with the prospect of appearing in the Employment Tribunal. In view of this, we [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Comments on social media

Acas recently published new guidance on religion and belief to help employers prevent discrimination on these grounds in the workplace. To assist employers further, we’ve produced another series of “myth busters” to help separate fact from fiction in this area, all of which have been published on our website over the last few weeks. Of course, if you’re an employer and would like to discuss any of the issues touched on in these posts, please contact [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Religion / Belief Discrimination Myth Busters – Holiday requests relating to religion or belief

Acas recently published new guidance on religion and belief to help employers prevent discrimination on these grounds in the workplace. To assist employers further, we’ve produced another series of “myth busters” to help separate fact from fiction in this area, all of which will be published on our website over the coming weeks. Of course, if you’re an employer and would like to discuss any of the issues touched on in these posts, please contact one [...]

By |June 28th, 2018|HR / Employment Law News|

Tips on working in high temperatures

It seems like summer has finally arrived and with this spell of unusually fine weather comes the time-honoured problem of working in high temperatures. Looking at the legislation, you may be surprised to learn that whilst a minimum temperature is referred to in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, no reference is made to a maximum temperature. However, there are some key issues that employers need to be mindful of in order [...]