Tag Archives: Tribunal

Consultation on Employment Tribunal reform proposals – send for Judge Dredd

Last month saw the publication of the Government consultation document on reforming the Employment Tribunal system, a joint production between the Ministry of Justice and BEIS. For when the conversation falls into a flat spin at your next dinner party, here are the highlights, using the word at its most generous. In summary, the reforms … Continue Reading

Yes, but what if they stay? – the aftermath of covertly recording your colleagues

Some thorny issues for employers arise from the reported settlement last week of a sexual discrimination and harassment claim brought against Goldman Sachs by Sonia Pereiro-Mendez. This case hit the news not because of the nature of her allegations (big City house treats pregnant woman as suddenly of much less value – all relatively usual … Continue Reading

Teaching agency gives School a hard lesson on UK worker liabilities

The 2010 Agency Worker Regulations require that once an agency worker has been in post for 12 weeks, he should receive the same pay as would a permanent employee of the hirer in the same role.   This is the principle of equal treatment.    Regulation 14(3) makes the agency liable for any breach of equal treatment … Continue Reading

Drugs research by the UK Employment Tribunal – not what the doctor ordered

If as an Employment Tribunal you are not satisfied by the evidence which the parties have put before you, are you entitled to go off and get some more of your own?   This rather unusual question was considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal last month in East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust –v- Sanders.  … Continue Reading

EAT examines apparent bias in UK Employment Tribunals

Are you neither complacent nor unduly sensitive or suspicious?  Are you fair-minded, informed and balanced?  Do you often catch buses in Clapham?  In that case, the Employment Tribunal has just the job for you, a role integral to the administration of legal justice, though sadly not paid very well, or indeed at all.    If you … Continue Reading

Going Maverick: Employment Judges lose their wingmen

In April 2012 the UK Government introduced reforms allowing unfair dismissal claims to be heard by an Employment Judge sitting alone (rather than with the usual two wing members).  The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently expressed reservations about this change, echoing the thoughts of 62% of the respondents to the Government’s consultation on this proposal.  … Continue Reading
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