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  • Posted on August 25, 2017
    Following the decision of the Supreme Court on the unlawfulness of employment tribunal fees as they stood before that decision was made (as reported in our earlier article of 26 July 2017) and the subsequent decision to revoke employment tribunal fees going forward (at least until they may be reviewed), the President of the Employment Tribunal imposed a stay on employment tribunal claims seeking to rely on the Supreme Court’s decision. This effectively paused these claims before they could proceed any further.

    Given the uncertainty of the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision and how the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) may give effect to a surely massive sequence of refunds of tribunal fees taken since their implementation in 2013 (let alone organise a potential hearing or re-hearing of claims that had otherwise been rejected or withdrawn owing to the presence of tribunal fees), the Case Management Order of 9 August 2017 imposing the stay on proceedings was drafted in a very broad manner.
  • Posted on August 9, 2017
    Following the high-profile decisions concerning when commission and bonuses may still be payable whilst a worker is on holiday, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has supported a decision that voluntary overtime may also be payable as part of holiday pay whilst a worker is on annual leave.

    This was decided in the case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and Others by the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Mrs Justice Simler.
    Posted in: Employment Law
  • Posted on July 26, 2017
    For a number of employee claimants and their representatives, the news contained in this article will come as a pleasant mid-week surprise.

    In the case of R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor, The Supreme Court of England and Wales has issued a very noteworthy judgment on the unlawfulness of Employment Tribunal (ET) Fees, which have been a source of heated debate since their introduction almost 4 years ago on 29 July 2013.
    Posted in: Employment Law
  • Posted on July 19, 2017
    Earlier this month, we published an article relating to “whistleblowing” claims and what an employee may be entitled to claim before the employment tribunal after having been treated unfairly for having made such a “protected disclosure”.

    We now report on another Court of Appeal case concerning whistleblowing claims, but from a very different perspective. Nevertheless, we consider that it may be useful for this article to be read in conjunction with the earlier article entitled “Long-term loss of earnings and whisteblowing claims”.
    Posted in: Employment
  • Posted on July 17, 2017
    We now have less than a year to go before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25 May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act 1998.

    This EU law has already caused some controversy and will likely continue to do so beyond its implementation, given the familiarity that organisations have with the procedures brought into force by the Data Protection Act.
    Posted in: Employment