Employment Tribunal

  1. We are now six months on from when the Good Work Plan came into force. Amongst other legislative changes was the right for employees and workers to be provided with a Written Statement of Particulars on day one of employment or engagement at the latest. For employees, a window of eight weeks was previously allowed. […]

  2. The importance of advising an employee of grounds for their dismissal cannot be overlooked when dealing with an employee disciplinary. In a recent case, Employment Appeal Tribunal held that an employee was unfairly dismissed because his employer has failed to advise him of the grounds on which he was subsequently dismissed. Employee Disciplinary | Background […]

  3. COVID-19 has had a severe impact on all kinds of businesses large and small. While the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has helped, it is likely that a significant number of companies may need to reduce headcount to make their company viable long term. It’s essential that employers are prepared and have effective processes in […]

  4. Despite many UK businesses still being affected by lockdown restrictions, this can’t be used as an excuse to bypass the rules or cut corners when it comes to Disciplinary and Grievance procedures. Aside from some specific amendments to legislation as a response to the outbreak, unless advised otherwise officially by the Government, the law remains […]

  5. The Law Commission has recently conducted an employment tribunal review and has published its report on the tribunal structure, putting forward a series of 23 recommendations. Whilst some points are rather niche and will have limited impact on the vast amount of claims, there are some points which will have widespread impact on businesses and […]

  6. Cross examining a witness via video conference call would never have been considered by the Employment Tribunal system a few weeks ago but there is a possibility that remote Employment Tribunals could take place in the future. Although we are a long way from full merit hearings taking place via video conferencing, it is not […]

  7. In December 2018 the Government published the Good Work Plan in response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. It set out ambitious proposals for Employment Law reform in the UK, taking into account advances in technology and societal trends and the impact this has on the wider worker community. The Good Work Plan […]

  8. If you fail to spot and act upon whistleblowing (otherwise known as making a protected disclosure), the damage to your business can be immense. What can start off as a seemingly straightforward complaint can be used by the cynical employee (or worker, both are covered by the protecting legislation) or their legal advisor to fashion […]