Employment News

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…
Feb
12
National Minimum Wage Crackdown!
Under new government rules expected this month, rogue employers who flout National Minimum Wage rules will face higher penalties. We report on these new tougher penalties...
Feb
05
The right to be accompanied
It is well known that employees have the statutory right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing by a work colleague or Trade Union representative. However, to what extent can the employer limit the employee’s choice of companion? Does a restriction of choice breach an employees’ right to be accompanied? We report on the recent case of Roberts –v- GB Oils Ltd...
Jan
28
Get ready... TUPE changes from 31 January 2014
The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) (Regulations) 2014 (TUPE) come into force on 31 January 2014. What practical changes will these new regulations make to business transfers? We report on this new legislation…

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