New leave allowance for grieving parents

Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave The Government has published The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill 2017, introduced by Kevin Hollinrake MP, will give every employed parent a right to two weeks paid parental bereavement leave if they lose a child under the age of 18. Parents would be entitled to parental bereavement leave, regardless of their length of service. The bill... Read more

Its World Mental Health Day Today

Mental Health in the Workplace Today is World Mental Health day. This year’s theme is mental health in the workplace. ACAS says that your mental health is integral to how you feel about your job, how you perform in your role and how you interact with colleagues and customers. If you have good mental health, you are more likely to perform... Read more

First revived claim under the new No Tribunal Fee’s regime

    In Dhami v Tesco Stores Limited, Ms Dhami sued Tesco for disability and age discrimination in the Employment Tribunal. She applied for a fee remission but her application was rejected and her case was thrown out when she could not pay the fees. The Supreme Court ruled in the Unison case that the Government’s employment tribunal fees regime... Read more

Employment Tribunal Fees update of 18th August 2017

In our previous update, we informed you that the President of the Employment Tribunals had issued a Case Management Order to stop (stay) all claims and applications arising from the Unison  Supreme Court ruling that Employment Tribunal fees were unfair. That stay has now been removed and you can apply for fees that you paid to be reimbursed. Additionally, claims... Read more

Filing an Employment Tribunal claim following the unlawful fees ruling

The Supreme Court judgment making Employment Tribunal Fees unlawful means that people were able to file employment tribunal claims from 26th July 2017 without paying a fee. The Ministry of Justice said that it would refund fees paid since their introduction in 2013. The President of the Employment Tribunals issued a case management order on 9 August, which provides guidance for two types... Read more

Employment Tribunal Fees Update

The Employment & Property Jurisdictional Support Team at HM Courts & Tribunals Service have issued a message to anyone using the Employment Tribunal as follows; Dear All You will all be aware that on 26 July, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor. Unison’s appeal was a challenge to the lawfulness of... Read more

Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful

Fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants. The government introduced fees of up to £1,200 in 2013 to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases, but that led to a 79% reduction over three years. Trade union Unison argued the fees prevented... Read more

Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill 2017

Employed parents who have lost a child will for the first time get statutory paid leave to grieve under a proposed new law announced on 19th July 2017. At the moment, under the Employment Rights Act 1996,  employees have a day-one right to take a “reasonable” amount of unpaid time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant,... Read more

Election 2017: What does each party say about Workers Rights?

Workers Rights in Party Manifestos The Labour Party Manifesto 2017 and Labour’s Promise to Workers The Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 The Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2017 Plaid Cymru – Action Plan 2017 The Green Guarantee UKIP   Wages and holidays The Conservative Party says that the national living wage will rise “in line with average earnings by 2022”. The party remains committed to Its increasing... Read more

Annual increases to rates and limits

    Annual increases to rates and limits that come into effect in April 2017   1 April: The National Minimum Wage Workers aged 25+ (Living wage) increases to £7.50 (currently £7.20) Workers aged 21 to 24 increases to £7.05 (currently £6.95) Workers aged 18 to 20 increases to £5.60 (currently £5.55) Workers aged 16 to 17 increases to £4.05... Read more

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