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Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Posted on 26th July 2017

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful.
 
Tribunal fees were introduced by the Government in 2013 with the aim of reducing the number of weak or malicious claims being brought.  Fees ranged from £390 to £1,200 with discrimination claims costing more because of the complexity and time that hearings took.

De-coding the Dress Code

Posted on 7th February 2017

De-coding the Dress Code

Company dress codes were in the news again last week after two commons committees called for a review of equality legislation.  Many examples of company rules around dress and appearance showed that women were being singled out and potentially sexualised by being asked to wear high heels, revealing clothing or make up. 

Party Time! ... or festive fisticuffs? How to avoid the HR pitfalls of the Company Christmas do

Posted on 12th December 2016

Party Time! ... or festive fisticuffs? How to avoid the HR pitfalls of the Company Christmas do

The tradition of the “Christmas party” is a chance for you to thank your staff for all their hard work and efforts during the year.  However with spirits running high, you may find yourselves managing Christmas Party HR issues, well into the New Year.

Whilst you should be encouraging staff to enjoy themselves, preparation is key to avoid any HR issues arising and knowing how to cope when they do.

Storm in a Supermarket!

Posted on 21st October 2016

Storm in a Supermarket!

There seems to be no end of bad news for the big supermarkets this week. Two important cases have hit the news that highlight the care that needs to be taken with terms and conditions of employment.

Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted on 18th June 2015

Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health Awareness Week last month highlighted how many people suffer from a range of mental health issues and the importance of addressing these problems at an early stage.  

While there is no simple system to prevent mental ill health, the following steps can make your workplace mentally healthier and assist you in managing a mental health workplace issue.

"Mr Selfridge" - a lesson in equality at work

Posted on 7th January 2013

"Mr Selfridge" - a lesson in equality at work

How fascinating is the contrast between the entrepreneurial American and the staid English traditionalists in the new series of “Mr Selfridge”. Even more amusing is to watch through the eyes of my two teenage daughters, affronted by the notion that shop girls who got married would have to leave! Thankfully, things have moved on somewhat since the early 1900s, although it took until 1975 for the Sex Discrimination Act to come into being.