All items: Employment disputes

  • Acas early conciliation "no substitute" for an effective tribunal system

    28 September 2016

    Consultant editor Darren Newman maintains that the Acas early conciliation service provides no real substitute for dealing with claims properly in an employment tribunal system open to all.

  • What will employment tribunals look like in 2026?

    27 September 2016

    Employment tribunals have come a long way since their introduction in 1964 as a low-cost method for enforcing employment rights. Stephen Simpson predicts how employment tribunals will look 10 years from now.

  • EU referendum: 12 European cases that have shaped UK employment law

    31 March 2016

    The "Brexit" referendum on whether or not the UK should withdraw from the European Union takes place on 23 June 2016. Stephen Simpson rounds up 12 key European cases that have had a major impact on UK employment law.

  • Employment law changes April 2016: an eight-point checklist

    31 March 2016

    Every April, new legislation affecting employment rights and responsibilities is introduced. This year, the development receiving the most attention is the introduction of the national living wage.

  • Ten important employment law cases in 2015

    11 December 2015

    Key judgments in 2015 include cases on: working time; whistleblowing; holiday pay; annual leave during sickness absence; redundancy consultations; disability discrimination; and the role of HR in disciplinary proceedings. Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments for employers this year.

  • Why so few financial penalties for aggravated breaches of employment law?

    15 July 2015

    Only three penalties have been imposed against employers for breaching their legal obligations "with aggravating features" since they were brought in last year, and only one has been paid. Nick Hobden considers why this might be the case.

  • Unison challenge to legality of employment tribunal fees

    29 June 2015

    Consultant editor Darren Newman gives his view on the likely outcome of Unison's challenge to the legality of the employment tribunal fee system.

  • Pre-termination negotiations

    9 April 2014

    Many employers will recognise the appeal of being able to agree a termination settlement with an unsatisfactory employee rather than having to go through a lengthy disciplinary or performance improvement procedure. However, employers may be concerned that, by entering into negotiations, they will put themselves at risk of an unfair dismissal claim at the outset. In this article, we explain the legal context and effect of s.111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996, which aims to exclude evidence of "pre-termination negotiations" from unfair dismissal claims.

  • The potential impact of the introduction of employment tribunal fees

    8 October 2013

    Consultant editor Darren Newman explains why the introduction of fees in the tribunal system could result in many less well-off individuals being denied their basic workplace rights.

  • The abolition of the statutory dispute resolution procedures

    29 August 2008

    This article looks at the practical implications of the repeal of the statutory dispute resolution procedures for employers.

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Legal guidance: HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment disputes.