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  • Posted on October 23, 2017
    The Government announced on Friday 20 October 2017 that it is now in the first phases of arranging for the repayment of employment tribunal fees.

    For individual employee claimants, trade unions and respondent employers who have been ordered to pay employment tribunal fees since they were first implemented on 29 July 2013, the process is now open to reclaim the fees that have been paid.
  • Posted on October 13, 2017
    Whilst the loss of a child is understandably something that few parents wish even to consider, steps are currently underway to provide specific rights for bereaved parents.

    Parliament has today published the draft Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill, which is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons later next week.
  • Posted on September 27, 2017
    The status of the term “worker” has been in the news a great deal recently.

    Whilst employers and their HR and legal advisers wait to see what may emerge from the debate regarding the “gig” economy, the Employment Tribunal continues to determine questions relating to employment status.
  • 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in 2013 (let alone organise a potential hearing or re-hearing of claims that had otherwise been rejected or withdrawn owing to the presence of tribunal fees), the Case Management Order of 9 August 2017 imposing the stay on proceedings was drafted in a very broad manner.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