Employment-related claims- procedure and form

UK: The UNISON tribunal fees ruling – has Lord Reed opened the floodgates?

There has been considerable speculation as to the likely effects of the Supreme Court’s decision in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor to declare invalid the Government’s system of tribunal fees. Given the cogent evidence presented by … Continue reading

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UK: New Resources

New presidential guidance has been issued in relation to how employment tribunals should calculate pensions loss and awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases, available here. There are three bands for injury to feelings, with a usual minimum of … Continue reading

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UK: Discrimination – burden of proof ruling highlights need for employers to present positive case

In Efobi v Royal Mail the EAT has ruled that it is not incumbent on the claimant in a discrimination claim to prove a prima facie case: it is for the tribunal at the end of the hearing to consider … Continue reading

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UK: Recent Alternative Dispute Resolution review

Peter Frost, Partner and Head of Employment Disputes, recently contributed a review to David Liddle’s influential publication, Managing Conflict: A Practical Guide to Resolution in the Workplace. Peter praises Liddle’s approach to conflict in the workplace and describes the book as … Continue reading

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UK: Supreme Court rules tribunal fee regime is unlawful

The Supreme Court has this morning handed down its judgment that the fee regime introduced for Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal claims in July 2013 is unlawful under both domestic and EU law as it has the effect of … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: How far does the Labour Tribunal’s duty to investigate extend?

Two recent Court of First Instance decisions in Hong Kong – Fung Tsun Tong v A Link Network (HK) Ltd (Fung Tsun Tong) and Vermeerbergen Peter Alfred v Swisstribe Ltd (Vermeerbergen) – explored the nature and extent of the Hong … Continue reading

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Singapore: Tripartism Updates

Labour policy in Singapore has long been handled collaboratively by the Government, employee unions and employers in what is known as the tripartism movement. This movement has now been formalised through the setting up of a corporate body, Tripartite Alliance … Continue reading

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Australia: Important interim order in a bullying application

A recent decision in the anti-bullying jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission has highlighted the (potentially complicated) interaction between bullying complaints and an employer's internal investigation process. In Lynette Bayly [2017] FWC 1886, the Commission made an interim order staying an employer’s internal … Continue reading

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UK: Legislation – consultations on caste discrimination, electronic balloting and reforming the tribunal system

On 28 March the Government Equality Office published its long-awaited consultation on caste discrimination, announced back in September 2016. The consultation will run until 18 July 2017 and seeks views on whether preventing caste discrimination is best done by legislation … Continue reading

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UK: New resources – employment tribunal judgments online register

The online register of employment tribunal judgments announced last summer is now live. The online service covers judgments in both England and Wales and Scotland and will include all new decisions in addition to some transcripts going back to 2015.

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