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Pay and Pay Equality

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The British are notoriously bad at discussing money, so the stereotype goes, but pay and pay equality have very much been in the news in recent weeks. HMRC have released details of the (frankly ridiculous) reasons some employers gave for not paying their workers the minimum wage and at the other end of the spectrum… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Early update on early conciliation


Since 6 May 2014, early conciliation has been a compulsory requirement for all workplace disputes heading to the employment tribunal. The stated aim of early conciliation is to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively, finding a solution that is acceptable to both parties. Anyone proposing to make an employment tribunal claim will… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Update on the compensatory award

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There are two elements of compensation payable to an employee found to have been unfairly dismissed by an employment tribunal. The first element is the basic award and the second element is the compensatory award. The amount of the compensatory award will, subject to a statutory limit, be such amount as the tribunal considers just… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New ACAS guidance for something that is not all new

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The Government has been running a campaign to reduce the amount of “red-tape” that business has to deal with. There is no definition of “red tape” but the thrust of the campaign is to get rid of unwanted regulations. However, the regulations were wanted once and would have not been brought in without a considerable… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Unfair dismissal and the range of reasonable responses

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When an Employment Tribunal is assessing whether an employer has dismissed someone fairly they must not think what they would have done.  Instead they should look at whether the employer’s decision to dismiss fell within the range of reasonable responses to the circumstances that they faced. It is also the case that an employer should… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Changes to the compensation for unfair dismissal claims:

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (“Act”) introduced changes to the maximum value of compensatory awards for unfair dismissal.  Previously compensation for unfair dismissal consists of two elements. There was a basic award based on age and length of service at the time of termination and a compensatory award based on loss of earnings… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment tribunal payments to rise

The Government has announced increases to the limits for Employment Tribunal awards and related payments.  These will come into effect from 1st February 2013. Redundancy payments When calculating statutory redundancy payments the limit on  a week’s pay will rise from £430 to £450.  This rise also applies to the calculation of the basic award in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Government hopes hiring employees will be boosted by making it easier to fire them

In a flurry of announcements on 14 September 2012 Vince Cable produced a string of new initiatives which he claims will make it easier to hire staff while protecting basic labour rights.  However, the concentration of the proposed reforms is not on the start of the employment relationship but the end.  One of the main… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Plans to introduce employment tribunal fees

Plans to introduce fees of up to £1,200 for bringing claims to the employment tribunal look set to go ahead in summer 2013. The tribunal system reportedly costs the taxpayer more than £84m per year. Unlike the civil courts, at present, the person who brings a claim to tribunal doesn’t have to contribute to costs…. Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Beecroft row is pantomime politics

Adrian Beecroft’s proposal to give employers the right to “fire at will” has loudly and very publicly divided the coalition, but the legal changes on the table are far less dramatic. The root of the controversy is that no fault dismissals (just one idea in Beecroft’s curt 16-pager) would allow employers to sack under-performing workers… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)