Archive | February, 2012

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April 6 2012 employment tribunal procedure changes: legislation published on witness statements, costs and deposit orders, and witnesses’ expenses

The Government has published legislation making a further raft of changes to employment tribunal procedure, covering witness statements, costs and deposit orders, and witnesses’ expenses. The changes made in the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (on the UK legislation website) apply to claims submitted to the… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 20.02.12 to 26.02.12: Met police officer wins race and sexual orientation discrimination claims

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 20 February 2012, including a gay black police officer who has had his allegations of racism and homophobia against the Metropolitan Police upheld.
Gay black police officer wins discrimination case (on the Guardian website) A… continue

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Osborne “considering relaxation of employment protection laws”

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 20 February 2012, including suggestions that the Chancellor George Osborne is considering a relaxation of employment protection legislation to stimulate business growth, and is under pressure to do so in the Budget on 21 March 2012.… continue

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An observation on Chris Grayling’s comments about young UK workers

Chris Grayling, Minister at the DWP, has said that it is his “hope that every employer in the UK, in deciding if they are going to recruit in the next few months, will put young UK unemployed people at the top of their recruitment priority list“.
He was talking about… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 13.02.12 to 19.02.12: £30,000 for Cambridge scientist who resigned after argument with astronomer

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 13 February 2012, including a £30,000 award for a Cambridge scientist who was involved in designing the world’s biggest telescope. He said that he was forced to resign after a heated argument with an astronomer… continue

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Collective redundancies: EAT excludes non-renewal of fixed-term contracts from consultation calculation

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 13 February 2012, including the controversial Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision in University of Stirling v University and College Union EATS/0001/11 (on the BAILII website) suggesting that, when deciding how many employees have been made redundant… continue

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Increase in unfair dismissal qualifying period a step closer

The Government’s controversial increase in the qualifying period for claiming unfair dismissal from one to two years has moved a step closer with the publication of draft legislation that comes into force on 6 April 2012.
A couple of important points to note from the draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 06.02.12 to 12.02.12: Sunderland City Council faces £30 million equal pay bill

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 6 February 2012, including 1,100 women winning an equal pay dispute against Sunderland City Council, which faces a £30 million payout.
Women win £30million equal pay fight (on the Sunderland Echo website) A multimillion-pound bill… continue

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Appellate decisions put religious and sexual orientation discrimination in the spotlight again

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 6 February 2012, with decisions in several appeal cases putting religious and sexual orientation discrimination in the news again. These include:

an Employment appeal tribunal decision that a gay lawyer who discovered a homophobic comment in… continue

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BIS confirms 6 April date for some tribunal changes

BIS has confirmed to XpertHR that some of the Government’s radical proposals for tribunal reform will come into force on 6 April 2012.
The changes are:

an increase in the maximum amount of a deposit order from £500 to £1,000;
an increase in the maximum amount of a costs order… continue

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