Employment News

Apr
22
Surrogacy Rights
A key employment issue for 2014 concerns the rights of women in a surrogacy arrangement. The question of who is entitled to maternity or adoption leave – the surrogate or the receiving mother – is a tricky one. These key questions were referred to the European Court; with opposing Advocate Generals’ opinions, which way would the coin fall? We report on this issue…
Apr
14
Final written warnings
Can a tribunal look at the reasonableness of a final written warning when assessing the fairness of a later dismissal? The Court of Appeal discussed this issue in the case of Adegobola v Marks & Spencer Plc..
Apr
09
National minimum wage update
This week we focus on recent developments in the area of the National Minimum Wage, including new rates recently published which take effect from October 2014...
Apr
02
April Changes
6th April marks a key date in the employment legislative calendar. For details of what changes to expect from this April, read on...
Mar
26
The end of discrimination questionnaires
The formal statutory questionnaire procedure in discrimination cases is being abolished with effect from 6 April 2014 to be replaced with a new informal ‘question-style’ process. We report on these changes and how employers should deal with questions posed by questioners post-April...
Mar
19
ET R.I.P…?
Last week saw the first set of truly indicative statistics published by the Employment Tribunal Service since the introduction of fees last Summer. Has the introduction of fees made any difference to the numbers of claims being brought? To find out more, read on …
Mar
12
Reforms to Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 – March 2014
The government plans to cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of ‘low level’ convictions. We report on these plans which come into force on 10th March...
Mar
05
Rate changes from 6th April 2014
The Government has announced new compensation limits from 6th April 2014. We report on these new rate rises...
Feb
26
Senior President of the Employment Tribunals’ Publishes Annual Report
The last 12 months have seen many changes to the Employment Tribunal Service with the introduction of heavily revised Rules, fees and changes to the levels of unfair dismissal compensation. The effects of these changes have been set out in the Senior President of the Tribunals’ Annual Report – we report on his observations...
Feb
19
Judicial Review of Employment Tribunal Fees Rejected – but court adopts a “wait and see” approach
Unison has failed in its challenge to the introduction of fees in both the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal; however, a “wait and see” approach adopted by the Court and Unison’s intention to appeal may mean the issue of fees has not gone away. We report on the judgment…

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