UK: Employment law changes in October

On 1 October 2015 the following changes came into force: New national minimum wage rates, the adult rate increasing from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour. Employment tribunals have lost their power to make wider recommendations for employers to take remedial action in successful discrimination claims; they can now only make recommendations that would benefit the … Read more

UK: Employers can face ‘series of acts’ detriment claims from fixed-term employees where treatment spans a number of discrete fixed-term contracts

Where a fixed-term or part-time employee is subjected to less favourable treatment in the form of a series of similar acts or failures, the time limit for bringing a claim is three months from the last in the series. The EAT has confirmed that, where the complaint concerns the application of a rule, practice, scheme … Read more

France: Introduction of a cap for Employment Tribunal awards

The French Government has proposed a new law intended to cap tribunal damages awards in respect of unlawful dismissals. The bill has not yet been finally adopted but is close to finalisation. Due to its highly political nature, it is still subject to discussions and may be further amended. Read more

UK: Government announcements – consultation on gender pay gap reporting imminent, tribunal fee review and delay to new tax-free childcare scheme

The Government has committed in legislation to make regulations by March 2016 for mandatory gender pay reporting for larger employers, but the relevant legislation has not yet been commenced. Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, has now confirmed to parliament that she intends "to launch a consultation imminently, with a view to making regulations … Read more

UK: Appeal news – collective redundancies, tribunal fees

The ECJ has confirmed that it will deliver its ruling on the UK trigger for collective redundancy consultation in the Woolworths case on 30 April 2015 – see here for further details. The Court of Appeal is due to consider UNISON's challenge to the employment tribunal fees regime in June 2015. Leave to appeal the … Read more