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Recovering Tribunal Costs

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In the Employment Tribunal the general rule is that each party will bear their own costs. Unlike the Civil Courts, the successful party cannot normally reclaim their costs from the other side. There are exceptions to this rule, if a party has acted...

Changes to Payments in Lieu of Notice

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When an employee’s employment is terminating, payments in lieu of notice (“PILONs”) allow employers to pay an employee their basic salary (often in a lump sum) for the notice period which they would otherwise be required to work. This is...

Gender Pay Gap update

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The Gender Pay Gap has caused controversy among many and has been the topic of countless debates. It seems that the inequality in pay may be down to more than just direct discrimination, but due to a lack of salary increases for part time workers. Research...

The Gender Pay Gap

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Many of you will be familiar with the term the Gender Pay Gap. This is the difference in the average earnings of men and women. In order to reduce the size of the Gender Pay Gap the government has introduced the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap...

Employee, Worker or Self-Employed?

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The distinction between workers and the self employed has caused vast confusion to employers and employees in 2017 and is likely to continue to do so in 2018. We have seen a number of recent cases brought to Tribunal to clarify the status of an...

Tribunal Fee Refunds

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The day has come; the pilot scheme for Tribunal Fee Refunds has finished and has now been opened up to everyone. If you paid a Tribunal fee since the introduction in July 2013 then you can apply for a refund either online or by post. If you think you are...

Flexible Working

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Flexible working is a term that strikes fear in many employers. June 2014 saw flexible working rights extended to all employees not just parents. This means that any employee (provided they are eligible) can make a formal or informal request to change their...

Tribunal Fees Update

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The uncertainty regarding Tribunal Fees continues. The President of the Employment Tribunals has said that all claims brought “in reliance upon the decision of the Supreme Court” in the Unison case are to be stayed. This means that claims...

What does the Employment Tribunal fees ruling mean for employees?

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As you have probably already heard the Supreme Court has decided that the current Employment Tribunal fees are in fact unlawful. Unison brought proceedings to challenge the legality of Employment Tribunal fees (the fees that an employee has to pay...