Parental leave and redundancy

The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently ruled that in a redundancy situation, an employer cannot assess workers who have been absent from work due to parental leave on different criteria to those at work for that period.

Cultural fit in employment

A recent survey has revealed that over half of organisations have rejected a potential candidate based on cultural fit.

Equal pay in employment

The Supreme Court has recently issued its ruling in an equal pay case which could result in a number of council employees sharing a £12 million compensation payout.

Changes to whistleblowing laws

The topic of whistleblowing has hit the headlines again with the case of Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency contractor.

Discrimination in employment

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided that an individual with a close connection to an organisation may be capable of making comments that amount to a prima facie case of discrimination.

Collective agreements

The Court of Appeal has held that a trade union would not have agreed to a provision in a collective agreement that provided an employer with an unfettered right to choose between two possible rates of pay.

Settlement Agreements

New legislation enabling confidential pre-termination Settlement Agreements is expected to come into force this summer.

Cap on unfair dismissal compensatory award

A statutory instrument has been laid before Parliament that will impose a new cap on the compensatory award in unfair dismissal claims.

New system of criminal records checks

New legislation has come into force to implement a new system whereby old and minor cautions and convictions will no longer appear on criminal records checks undertaken by employers for certain roles.

Post Employment Victimisation

Prior to the Equality Act 2010, former employees were protected from victimisation against acts by former employers.

Employment Tribunal fees update

HM Courts and Tribunal Service have announced today that the date for the implementation of fees into Employment Tribunals will be Monday 29th July 2013.

New Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure

One of the many employment law changes due to come into force over the next 12 months is the implementation of the new Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedure.

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