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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.

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

Posted on 17th February 2015

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

With an estimated 2.1 million adults in Great Britain using e-cigarettes it is surprising to hear that reportedly over half of UK businesses don’t have a policy on “vaping” in the workplace.  The first vaping tribunal decision is a warning for employers to review your current smoking at work policy to ensure your rules on e-cigarettes are clearly communicated to your staff.

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

Posted on 4th February 2015

EAT Justified Dismissal for an Employees Misuse of Twitter

The recent case of Game Retail Limited V Laws was the first of its kind to make its way to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) when an employee was dismissed for his misuse of Twitter after posting a number of offensive tweets.  The following case demonstrates the importance of having an internet and social media policy in place and should be a much needed motivator for those who are yet to enforce one.

Learn from the BBC’s mistake and avoid expensive unfair dismissal claims

Posted on 13th August 2014

Learn from the BBC’s mistake and avoid expensive unfair dismissal claims

An employment tribunal has ruled that the BBC unfairly dismissed its former Technology Chief, John Linwood, following the failure of the Digital Media Initiative project. The failure of the project was not in doubt, the corporation spent £98.4 million to end the use of video tape and was lambasted by the Commons Public Accounts Committee.