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Employment Tribunal Fees Supreme Court Appeal: Judgment Awaited

The Supreme Court will shortly hand down its Judgment in UNISON’s Employment Tribunal fees appeal – R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor (2017). The appeal was heard by the Supreme Court on the 27th and 28th March 2017. After the hearing, UNISON stated: “The government’s decision to demand a fee from anyone […]

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National Working From Home Day 2017

Today is National Working From Home Day, an initiative organised by Work Wise UK. The Increasing Trend Of Working From Home The numbers of people working from home have increased markedly over the last decade. This is borne out by a recent TUC research and data from the Office for National Statistics. Working From Home: The […]

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Employment Law, Cyber Security, And Data Protection

Prevention is better than cure as they say! And that is certainly the case with cyber security and data protection. This has implications for employment law. The WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled the IT systems of many organisations, including those of the NHS, once again highlights the importance of cyber security and data protection. Furthermore, […]

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Update On The Public Sector Exit Payment Cap

Further to our previous article on the issue of the Public Sector Exit Payment Cap, it is now anticipated that the measures will come into force by June 2017. A Possible Public Sector Exit Payment Cap In Scotland The Scottish Government is now also looking at the possibility of introducing a Public Sector Exit Payment Cap in […]

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Employment Law: April 2017 Rate Changes And Other Changes

There are a number of changes in employment law that take effect during April 2017, including rate changes in a number of key employment law areas. The employment law April 2017 rate changes and other changes are as follows: Please also check out our 2017 key dates article from earlier in the year, which sets […]

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Whistleblowing: The Chesterton Global Ltd Appeal

In June 2017, the Court of Appeal will be hearing the Chesterton Global Ltd appeal which has important ramifications for whistleblowing law. Whistleblowing: The 2013 Amendment Back in 2013, s43B of the ERA 1996 was amended by S17 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. Following this, an employee can now only make a […]

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Government Proposes Further Reforms To The Employment Tribunal System

The Government recently announced that Employment Tribunal reform was on its agenda. Employment Tribunal Reform: The Proposals The Government’s proposals for reform of the Employment Tribunal system are as follows:- Digitisation of the claims procedure: It is proposed that the following be done electronically online:- – Issuing of the ET1 claim form – Lodging of […]

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The National Insurance Increase For The Self-Employed: A Tax On Aspiration

The Government’s decision to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed is probably one of the worst budget measures in recent times. Not only has the Government broken it’s 2015 election pledge to not increase national insurance contributions for 5 years, but the measure represents a tax on aspiration and wealth creation, and is completely […]

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Increases to the Limits on Statutory Redundancy Pay and Unfair Dismissal Awards Take Effect on the 6th April 2017

The maximum limits on statutory redundancy pay and unfair dismissal awards will increase from the 6th April 2017. Statutory Redundancy Pay And The Basic Award A formula based upon age, length of service, and average gross weekly pay is used to calculate statutory redundancy pay and the basic award in unfair dismissal claims. The figure for […]