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  • 26 Jul 2017
    Poor employment lawyers, they’ve had a hell of a time since the introduction of tribunal fees in 2013 led to a 70% drop in claims. But it appears the gravy train is heading back on track following the Supreme Court’s ruling today that the fee system is unlawful and will be quashed. To read more about the decision and the implications of it (and why every employment lawyer in the land will have a broad smile today) please read the full article.

  • 25 Jul 2017
    When it’s a ‘Some Other Substantial Reason’ dismissal. When restructuring their businesses employers often confuse redundancy with SOSR, and make unnecessary compensation payments.

  • 18 Jul 2017
    Age Discrimination legislation was first introduced 11 years ago and in 2010 it became part of the Equality Act encompassing the core 9 threads of discrimination law. With the law came the abolition of the retirement age and employees can now in theory work into their old age without restriction. But if an older worker’s performance starts to slide, what can employers do (without falling foul of legislation)?

  • 17 Jul 2017
    Receiving a tribunal application from an ex-employee presents broadly 2 options 1) fight it, 2) settle it. Given that fighting a tribunal can cost upwards of £5K its sometimes tempting to settle on economic grounds, even if you think you’re going to win. Unfortunately though that might just send a message to other employees that you’ll always ‘pay out.’ Given my experiences in the Birmingham Employment Tribunal last week, I’ve been giving some thought to the fighting option and why sometimes it makes sense to fight, despite the cost.

  • 14 Jul 2017
    We have case after case now of ‘self-employed’ people being considered to be workers. It started with the Uber case and since then we’ve Deliveroo and Citysprint cycle carriers and other less high profile decisions. The definition between self-employed and ‘worker’ is important as it is the difference between receiving (and not) paid holiday, sick pay, family entitlements etc.