Archive | March, 2012

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 19.03.12 to 25.03.12: blind ex-soldier wins disability discrimination claim against council

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 19 March 2012, including a blind former soldier who was made redundant by a council and has won his disability discrimination claim.
Soldier blinded by IRA wins pay-out over “inhuman treatment” by council (on the… continue

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Court of Appeal considers cost justification for age discrimination

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 19 March 2012, including the important Court of Appeal decision in Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust (on the BAILII website) that, while the employer in this case was justified in making a senior member of… continue

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House of Commons/Lords debates on unfair dismissal qualifying period extension

As you know (and if you don’t, where have you been?), the qualifying period for unfair dismissal is increasing to two years for employees who begin employment on or after 6 April 2012. There has been a huge amount of debate in the media as to whether or not this… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 12.03.12 to 18.03.12: French porter claimed he was nicknamed “Inspector Clouseau”

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 12 March 2012, including a French porter who claimed was he was called “Inspector Clouseau” and suffered inappropriate sexual greetings such as “How’s it hanging?” by colleagues at the Royal College of General Practitioners. His… continue

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Government courts controversy over “no-fault dismissals” and “right” to display religious symbols in the workplace

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 12 March 2012. This week, discussion has been dominated by the Government’s call for evidence on introducing the concept of “compensated no-fault dismissals” for micro businesses and the Govenment response to a challenge in the European… continue

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Call for evidence on dismissal laws: key questions for small employers

The Government has called for evidence on possible changes to dismissal laws such as making the dismissal process simpler, particularly for small employers, and introducing the concept of “compensated no-fault dismissals” for businesses with fewer than 10 employees. What are the key questions for small employers in the consultation?
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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 05.03.12 to 11.03.12: autistic hotel chef awarded £40,000

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 5 March 2012, including £40,000 for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination for an autistic chef who was paid £95 per week and threatened with the sack “for taking too much off the end of a… continue

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Harmonising terms and conditions after a TUPE transfer

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter in the week beginning 5 March 2012. This week, we have been discussing when an employer can harmonise employees’ terms and conditions of employment after a TUPE transfer, with new articles including:

a report on an employment tribunal decision that… continue

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April 6 2012 employment tribunal procedure changes: podcast and FAQs

With the Government’s controversial increase in the qualifying period for claiming unfair dismissal from one to two years grabbing most of the headlines, it’s easy to forget that there are some important changes to employment tribunal procedure also taking effect on 6 April 2012.
XpertHR employment law editors and Jeya… continue

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Opinion on no-fault dismissals: Who is George Osborne trying to protect?

On the evening of 6 March, George Osborne announced a call for evidence (not a full consultation) on “compensated no-fault dismissals” for small businesses.
Anya Palmer usefully collated some reaction – including from Anna Birtwhistle (CM Murray LLP) and Flip Chart Fairytales (both of whom I agree with) to the… continue

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