We reported that employment law firm Compromise Agreements had launched a judicial review challenge to the government’s new unfair dismissal compensation cap. This cap, introduced last summer, limits the maximum compensation that could be awarded for unfair dismissal to either 12 months’ pay or £76,574 – whichever is the lower amount.
Compromise Agreements argued that this new cap was indirectly discriminatory against older workers who – it argued – were likely to be out of work for longer than 12 months. The High Court has; however, dismissed the judicial review application. The founder of Compromise Agreements is reportedly looking at the options – including the possibility of an appeal.
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UNISON has been given permission to appeal against the High Court’s decision to reject its judicial review of the introduction of fees in the employment tribunal. UNISON plan to use as evidence of the negative impact of fees, the recent employment tribunal statistics which showed a 79% drop in the number of claims being issued between September and December 2013 – after the introduction of fees last July. Plus, according to Twitter reports over the weekend, the Shadow Business Secretary hinted that a Labour government would abolish employment tribunal fees. Watch this space!
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