Increases to Court fees – What you need to know

The House of Lords has approved the Civil Proceedings & Family Proceedings Fees Order 2015. This will implement considerable increases to court fees that have come into use as of March 9th. What does this mean for ongoing tribunals and future claims? What’s been changed? For specified money cases involve claims with a value above… Read more »

Offensive Tweets and Unfair Dismissal

In a case which dealt with the issue of misuse of Twitter by an employee in the context of an unfair dismissal claim (Game Retail Limited v Laws), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) declined to give general guidance to assist with future decisions on this topic but the decision nevertheless gives an indication of the… Read more »

Increases in the National Minimum Wage

The Government has announced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that will apply from 1 October 2015. The apprentice rate, which applies to apprentices under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase by 57p (20 per cent) from 1 October 2015, from £2.73 to £3.30. This is a… Read more »

When is a Teacher Not a Teacher? High Court Rules

In a striking example of an employment relationship being transformed over time by custom and practice, the High Court has ruled on the status of a woman who was taken on as a teacher but later metamorphosed into a full-time union representative (Davies v London Borough of Haringey). The woman had been employed in 1992… Read more »

Court Interpreters’ Race Discrimination Claims Boosted

In Windle and Another v Secretary of State for Justice, foreign language interpreters who claim that they suffered race discrimination whilst working for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have had their compensation hopes boosted by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The two interpreters appeared on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters and… Read more »

Heathrow Airport Beautician ‘Not an Employee’, Court Rules

Those who offer their personal services through their own private companies may achieve tax advantages; however, a Court of Appeal decision in the case of an airport beautician has underlined that they may also sacrifice their employment rights (Halawi v WDGF Limited). Ms Halawi worked in a cosmetics store on the secure ‘airside’ of Heathrow… Read more »

Employer Not Responsible for Abuse of Union Activist

A mental health nurse who was subjected to disgraceful abuse by colleagues in the midst of a bitter falling out between rival trade unions has failed to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that his employer should be held responsible for any disadvantage he suffered (North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Bone). The nurse… Read more »

Annual Inflation-Linked Changes in Tribunal Awards

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2015, which details the annual inflation-linked changes in limits on the compensation amounts which can be awarded by employment tribunals, applies where the appropriate date falls on or after 6 April 2015. The main changes are: The maximum amount of a week’s pay for the purpose of calculating… Read more »

In Brief: Data Protection Guidance for Employers

Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that employees’ personal details are respected and properly protected. The Employment Practices Data Protection Code contains guidance on the impact of data protection laws on the employment relationship. It is intended to provide employers with a complete manual on data protection in the workplace and covers such issues… Read more »

Overtime and Holiday Pay

The right to paid annual leave is an important principle of EU law, the purpose of which is to allow a worker time to rest and enjoy a period of ‘relaxation and leisure’. Any reduction in a worker’s remuneration in respect of that leave that would be liable to deter them from actually exercising their… Read more »