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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We can advise you of significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. As always, we will be focused on how the law will affect your workplace in practice, so that you can be best equipped to deal with any changes.

Coming up in 2013 – revised

26 June 2013 by Nicola Brown

For an easy to print copy of this article, you can download a pdf version of our guide to employment law changes in 2013 here. We originally issued this guide in January 2013, but with the constant timetable changes and updates being issued by the Government we have to revise it already – the dates below... read more »

Put your money where your mouth is - Fees in the Employment Tribunals

26 June 2013 by Nicola Brown

The HM Courts & Tribunals Service has confirmed that on 29 July 2013 the fees system will be implemented in the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal. This means that from that date onwards, a person who is submitting a claim in the Employment Tribunal or submitting an appeal in the Employment Appeal Tribunal will need... read more »

Licence to talk? Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements

26 June 2013 by Nicola Brown

As we have covered in our previous articles, this summer the Government is making changes to the way employment claims can be settled. The idea is that where a Settlement Agreement (the new name for a Compromise Agreement) has been offered the employee will not be able to use or refer to the Settlement... read more »

Employee unfairly dismissed, despite losing 9 Tribunal claims against his employer!

26 June 2013 by Nicola Brown

Many employers will have had to grapple with the difficulties of dealing with an employee who never seems to be happy in his or her job. However, we doubt many will have had a case as extreme as the one considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Woodhouse v West North West... read more »

Compulsory Retirement and Age Discrimination– Seldon again!

26 June 2013 by Nicola Brown

You may recall our article in May 2012 about the case of Mr Seldon, a partner in a Kent law firm. In that article we reported on the Supreme Court’s decision to reject Mr Seldon’s argument that by being forced to retire as a partner in his firm when he reached the age of... read more »

What is bumping?

26 June 2013 by Nicola Brown

At our recent workshops on the ‘3 Rs’ (redundancy, restructure and reorganisation) one of the questions that came up was about bumping. It is something many people have heard of in theory, but it is rarely applied in practice. We thought we would try and shed some light on this area, using a... read more »

Cracking the Code - does the ACAS Code apply to SOSR dismissals?

28 May 2013 by Nicola Brown

The application of the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (or not!) can have significant implications in unfair dismissal cases. This is because an Employment Tribunal, who find that an employee has been unfairly dismissed, must then consider whether to make an uplift of up to 25% to any... read more »

Would I lie to you? The story of an honest call centre employee

28 May 2013 by Nicola Brown

The Equality Act protects people against discrimination on the grounds of religion or philosophical belief.  There have been a number of cases which have explored the meaning of philosophical belief.  Successful cases have included the holding of a humanist belief, a belief in the higher purpose of public sector broadcasting, and a belief... read more »

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