Employment Tribunal Visit – last spaces left!

Our next Employment Tribunal Visit will be held on Tuesday 5th December in Manchester, 9am – 4pm (approx). Led by Malcolm, the visit includes a pre-briefing, information pack, case progress reviews and lunch. Hailed as the “best day’s training in years” delegates gain understanding and confidence in managing their employees without conflict. With the recent […]

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Careless talk in Preston costs an employer £360,000

In a judgment that could sink many a small organisation the Court of Appeal has upheld a compensatory award of £360,000 to an employee as a result of a single careless remark from her line manager. The misguided remark was for the employee’s line manager to suggest that “women take things more emotionally than men, […]

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Tribunal fees now unlawful – why it matters

The Supreme Court has now ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are now unlawful. It has a major implication for small employers and the economy as a whole. Fees were introduced to reduce the number of frivolous and vexatious claims, for which they were very successful. Now, how ever fair and reasonable a dismissal might be, […]

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“Have a go” employment tribunal claims quashed

Brinkmanship has long been a feature of the Employment Tribunal scheme. Hereto the only obstacle to an employee making a Tribunal claim has been their inclination to do so. Therefore even if the employer has had a fair reason for a dismissal and has followed a sound procedure the employer could still face a tribunal […]

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“Having a go” in Employment Tribunal is getting harder

The Government is about to introduce fees to applicants who want to bring an Employment Tribunal claim against their employer. There will be a range of fees covering different types of claims ranging from £160 (for an initial issue) to £950 (for a hearing). This will change the scene from where it is now (where […]

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Charities suffering due to costly employment tribunals

Writing in the Times and quoted on CivilSociety.co.uk (http://bit.ly/ichKQj), the HR Director of the Homeless Charity Broadway says Charities are “groaning under the burden of complying with employment law that encourages employees to misrepresent themselves as victims of bullying and discrimination whenever their poor performance or behaviour is tackled”. My additional view is that the […]

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Avoiding the “on household insurance” claim

Increasingly employees, or ex-employees, are finding they can claim legal expenses on some types of household insurance. For the aggrieved it is a “no-lose” opportunity. That is whether they win or lose they can cause their ex-employer considerable pain. A win in some way. We see it more and more in Tribunal cases that are […]

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Should all employment decisions be reverted to Employment Tribunals first?

It used to be said that Employment Tribunals are not to place themselves in the position of the employer. It is not for them to decide whether they would have arrived at the employer’s decision themselves. Rather their task was to decide if the employer’s decision (in the context of dismissal) lay “within a band […]

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Why observe an Employment Tribunal?

The “bottom line” for anyone in employee or staff relations is unquestionably the Employment Tribunal. It is where we will “end up” if we cannot resolve issues internally. Currently there are close on quarter of a million Employment Tribunal claims annually and with the average award now £10,000, it is no small risk. But it […]

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