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Costs Awards in Employment Tribunals

Meredith Hurst Monday, June 17, 2013

Costs awards in Employment Tribunals remain the exception rather than the rule. However, a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment shows that even extremely high costs awards may be made in suitable cases. In  Vaughan   v London Borough of Lewisham  a costs award of £87,000 against an unsuccessful Claimant was upheld even though the Claimant was unrepresented and there had been no costs warning or a deposit order. Furthermore the fact that the Claimant was unemployed did not...

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Employment Appeal Tribunal Judgment on Victimisation

Meredith Hurst Monday, June 17, 2013

A recent judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal has underlined the difficulties that employers may face when an employee makes persistent allegations of discrimination against the employer and fellow employees. The case of   Woodhouse v West North West Homes Leeds Limited concerned an employee who had submitted no less than nine grievances and nine Employment Tribunal complaints against his employer over a period of more than four years. The grievances and Employment Tribunal...

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An Established Point of Law?

Meredith Hurst Monday, June 17, 2013

USDAW   and others v WW Realisation 1 Ltd   It has long been established that when employers are proposing to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees at one 'Establishment' within a period of 90 days or less, that they are obliged to collectively consult.  This imposes statutory obligations upon employers, as to the information to be provided and the timing of consultation. TheUKlaw implements the European Collective Redundancies Directive but does not mirror it. ...

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Feature - Romantic Relationships in the Workplace

Meredith Hurst Tuesday, May 21, 2013

While you focus on strategies to maximise performance and engagement in your business, could your employees be engaging in extra-curricular activities?  The workplace can be a fertile place for spawning intimate relationships and according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com 38% of those responding have dated a co-worker at least once.  However a Vault.com survey, which was conducted over a 7 year period, suggests this rate is actually 59%.[1] These results should come as no surprise...

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The Queen's Speech 2013

Meredith Hurst Monday, May 20, 2013

The Queen's Speech was delivered on 8 May 2013 and set out to the government's plans to make changes which have implications for employment law.  Among the plans are changes relating to National Insurance contributions, immigrant workers and the Employment Tribunal's power to make wider recommendations in discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010. The implications for discrimination claims are potentially wide reaching.  The government has indicated that it intends to abolish...

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