The Government has now published a timetable for its employment law reforms for the rest of the year…
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Dismissal following second disciplinary procedure fair
The Court of Appeal holds that it was not unfair for an employer to dismiss following a second disciplinary process, even though the first process only resulted in a warning, and that the doctrine of res judicata does not apply to employers’ internal disciplinary proceedings.
Using covert recordings in tribunal hearings
Covert recordings have much more chance of being admitted as evidence in tribunal proceedings if only the relevant parts are transcribed, and an explanation provided as to why they are relevant to the issues in the case.
Final Written Warnings and Dismissal
The Court of Appeal holds that only in limited circumstances can a Final Written Warning be re-opened, when challenging a subsequent dismissal
Changes to whistleblowing laws announced
The government has announced further proposed amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – this time in order to strengthen the protection available to whistleblowers
Employee-ownership plans announced
The Government has announced plans to allow employees to forfeit some employment rights in exchange for a stake in their employer’s business – plans which have been met with mixed reactions.
National minimum wage increases effective today
National minimum wage increases for apprentices and workers over the age of 21 take effect today.
Employment Tribunal statistics published today
Annual Employment Tribunal statistics published today show a 15% fall in the number of claims submitted and 92% of costs awards are in favour of the Respondent
The Queen’s Speech 2012 – employment law reforms
Outlining the Government’s plans for the forthcoming year earlier today, the Queen confirmed the proposed changes to employment regulations.
Young at heart
In the course of the last week, the Supreme Court has handed down two important decisions in the area of age discrimination – Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes (on the issue of what amounts to a “legitimate aim” in terms of setting retirement ages) and Homer v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (which considers whether a requirement which puts at a disadvantage someone approaching retirement age is indirectly discriminatory on the grounds of age).
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