Employment Tribunal Fees – Update

Currently, bringing a claim to the Employment Tribunal (ET) is free of charge. From July 2013, this is set to change, however, with the introduction of fees for single claims to the ET as follows: For level 1 claims (i.e. claims for sums due on termination of employment, such as unpaid wages, payment in lieu… Read more »

Construction Company Fined Over Worker’s Death

A Surrey-based construction company has been ordered to pay £210,000 in fines and costs after an employee died from injuries he sustained in an explosion on a construction site in central London. Ioan Boboc, 22, suffered burns to 60 per cent of his body in the explosion, which occurred as a result of damage to… Read more »

Forthcoming Changes to the ‘Whistleblowing’ Legislation

The Government has announced changes to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill that will enhance the protections available to workers who ‘blow the whistle’ against their employer. Individuals who make a protected disclosure will, once the Bill is enacted, be protected from bullying or harassment by their fellow workers. Currently, the law only affords a… Read more »

Modern Workplaces – Two Consultations

The Government has published a consultation on how its proposed shared parental leave reforms will work in practice. The closing date for submissions is 17 May 2013. In addition, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published a draft Code of Practice on dealing with requests for flexible working. The right to request flexible… Read more »

ET Wrong to Strike Out Discrimination Claims After Claimant’s Evidence

In Timbo v Greenwich Council for Racial Equality, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that the Employment Tribunal (ET) had erred in law in acceding to the respondent’s application to strike out the claimant’s discrimination claims part way through the hearing. Ms Rubie Timbo brought claims of race and sex discrimination after she was dismissed… Read more »

British Airways did discriminate against Christian employee

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Nadia Eweida, a British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs. The judges at the European Court of Human Rights citied a violation of article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights after BA made her stop wearing a necklace with a… Read more »

HSE Publishes Workplace Ill Health and Injury Statistics

Provisional statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the number of people in Britain injured and made unwell at work fell in the year April 2011 to March 2012. Overall, 22,433 major injuries (such as amputations, fractures and burns) were reported – a rate of 89.9 injuries per 100,000 workers –… Read more »

Territorial Limits of Union Recognition

In Netjets Management Limted v Central Arbitration Committee, the operator of a fleet of private business jets has failed to convince a judge that it is not obliged to recognise a trade union for the purposes of collective bargaining on the basis that the international mobility of its pilots means that its business model falls… Read more »

Collective Redundancy Consultation – Draft Regulations Published

The Government has published the draft Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013, which makes changes to the rules relating to collective redundancy consultation. Where an employer is proposing to dismiss as redundant 100 or more employees within a period of 90 days or less, the 90-day minimum consultation period necessary… Read more »