Compromise Agreements and the Equality Act

A compromise agreement is a legally binding agreement by which an employee undertakes to refrain from instigating Employment Tribunal (ET) proceedings against his or her employer or, if proceedings have already commenced, to discontinue them, in return for consideration. Section 147 of the Equality Act 2010, which came into force on 1 October 2010, sets… Read more »

Barrister Wins Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim

In Bivonas LLP and others v Bennett, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET) that a gay barrister had been discriminated against on grounds of his sexual orientation. Lee Bennett joined Bivonas LLP as a non-practising barrister in January 2007, having been headhunted by a recruitment agency. His… Read more »

Increase in Unpaid Parental Leave Postponed

Currently, any employee who has completed one year of continuous employment and who ‘has, or expects to have responsibility, for a child’ is entitled to take up to four weeks’ unpaid parental leave per year while their child is under age five (or under 18 if the child is disabled), subject to an overall maximum… Read more »

New Minimum Wage Rates

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on the rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) that will apply from 1 October 2012. The revised rates are as follows: The adult hourly rate of the NMW will increase from £6.08 to £6.19; The development rate (which covers workers aged 18-20… Read more »

Government Reviews the Dismissal Process

The Government is carrying out a review of the current dismissal process and is seeking the views of employers, employees and all other interested parties on whether the procedures, including the ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance, are too onerous, too complex and not generally well understood. One proposal is the introduction of… Read more »

No Such Concept as ‘Self-Dismissal’

In Zulhayir v JJ Food Service Ltd., the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employee was not ‘self-dismissed’ because he failed to respond to a letter from his employer stating that he would be taken to have terminated his employment contract by his own volition if he did not reply. Mr Zulhayir was employed… Read more »

Planned Changes to Unfair Dismissal Rights

The Government has confirmed that the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal will be extended from one to two years from 6 April 2012. The proposal was one of the reforms suggested in the ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’ consultation, which sought views on a variety of proposals aimed at removing barriers to business… Read more »

Reforms to the Employment Law System

The Government has announced its proposals for reform of the employment law system following its consultation, ‘Resolving Workplace Disputes’, and the Red Tape Challenge review of employment law. The aim is to replace overburdensome regulation whilst safeguarding workers’ rights, with a focus on settling disputes without resort to an Employment Tribunal (ET). The proposals arising… Read more »

Graduate Recruitment

Most businesses would like to benefit from an influx of talent, enthusiasm and fresh ideas. The challenge is to achieve it at an acceptable cost. One option is to employ a recent graduate. In the past, most graduate recruitment was undertaken by large companies. These days, businesses of all sizes are taking advantage of the… Read more »