Archive | March, 2011

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Employment tribunal reforms (9): deposit orders

In the penultimate entry in our series on particular aspects of the Government’s employment tribunal proposals, we look at proposed changes to deposit orders.
What are the proposals?
Employment tribunal judges would be able to order claimants at any stage to pay a deposit of up to £1,000 if they… continue

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Tribunal reform: Acas warns that multiple claims should not be excluded from conciliation proposals

Acas has generally welcomed the Government’s proposals for employment tribunal reform in its official response to the consultation (on the Acas website), but has reservations about aspects relating to excluding multiple claims from the conciliation plans; giving Acas a “power” to offer post-claim conciliation; and employment judges sitting alone more… continue

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Podcast: why employers would be foolish to use the Equality Act 2010′s positive action provisions

On the XpertHR Weekly podcast, we are joined by special guest, employment law trainer and XpertHR consultant editor, Darren Newman, who takes us through the positive action provisions in s.159 of the Equality Act 2010. He identifies possible problems with it, and the resulting uncertainties and legal risks for employers… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 21.03.11 to 27.03.11: police commanders ignored officers’ warnings about sergeant’s affair with colleague

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 21 March 2011, including an employment tribunal ruling that senior officers ignored the warnings of three armed policemen that a sergeant’s affair with a female colleague was jeopardising the safety of their unit.… continue

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Employment tribunal reforms (8): costs orders

In the latest in our series on particular aspects of the Government’s employment tribunal proposals, we look at proposed changes to the costs regime.… continue

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Budget 2011: third-party harassment provisions in Equality Act 2010 may be scrapped

As well as announcing that the dual discrimination provisions under the Equality Act 2010 will not come into force, the Government has pulled a surprise by using the 2011 Budget to trail a consultation that it is to run on the repeal of provisions covering third-party harassment.… continue

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EHRC to continue supporting (carefully selected) test equality cases

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will retain its important function in bringing, or supporting individuals to bring, test equality cases, but will have to be more transparent and accountable about the cases that it chooses, under proposed reforms to the EHRC’s role.… continue

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Safari park employee literally complained about elephant in room

Updated 20/06/11: According to the Bedford Today website, Dr Donoghue has withdrawn his claim, which is a shame, as I was hoping to use the headline above in a case write up in due course.
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A zookeeper claiming constructive dismissal has alleged that he warned his employer that an… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 14.03.11 to 20.03.11: teacher not unfairly dismissed for raunchy novel featuring pupils

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 14 March 2011, including a ruling that a teacher who helped pupils to read by writing them in to a raunchy novel was not unfairly dismissed.… continue

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Employment tribunal reforms (7): fees for bringing claims

In our latest look at particular aspects of the Government’s employment tribunal proposals, we look at plans to introduce a fee for bringing an employment tribunal claim.… continue

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