Employment update – January 2018

Modern Slavery The Government has issued Updated Guidance on how businesses should comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2017. This requires that any commercial organisation in any sector which supplies goods or services, and carries on a business or part of a business in the UK above a turnover threshold of £36 million, must produce a slavery and human trafficking... Read more

Holiday pay score for Gig Workers

Thousands of workers in the so-called gig economy can now claim for unpaid annual leave after a landmark European ruling yesterday. Conley King, a window salesman, has won a ruling at the Court of Justice of the EU that he is entitled to claim for up to £27,000 for holiday pay that he was denied between 1999 and 2012. The... Read more

The Uber Case [2017] and Worker Status

Employment law recognises three types of working individual for employment status, which are; An Employee A worker (Limb b) A self-employed contractor These categories are very important because it is your employment status that determines your statutory rights at work. Employee’s have all the rights in the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996), workers have a few and self-employed individuals... Read more

Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme

As of 15th November 2017, the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme has opened to everybody to apply for a refund if they paid fees for an Employment Tribunal claim or to the Employment Appeal Tribunal  – Applications open for employment tribunal fee refunds as scheme rolls out .  As well as receiving a refund of your original fee, you are... Read more

Mental Health at Work

 Thriving at work: a review of mental health and employers An independent review on how employers can better support the mental health of employees, including those with mental health problems or poor well-being, has been published today. Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in... Read more

Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme

The first people eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds will be able to apply from 20th October, the government has announced. The first stage of the phased implementation scheme comes after Ministers committed to refunding those who had paid employment tribunal fees following a Supreme Court judgment. The court recognised the important role fees can play, but ruled that the government... Read more

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

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