As anticipated by the blogger some months ago, consultation on reforming access to the employment tribunal system, ‘Resolving workplace disputes’, has now been published. As expected, the Conlibs proposals include increasing the minimum qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims to two years, and requiring the payment of a fee in order to lodge a tribunal [...]

The Government has published details of its scheme to name and shame employers who flout the national minimum wage legislation. Although the scheme, which came into force on 1 January 2011, is intended to allow the public to make informed choices about who they work for, or do business with, there will be no register [...]

In O’Reilly v British Broadcasting Corporation an employment tribunal has held that Miriam O’Reilly, who was one of the presenters on BBC’s Countryfile programme, suffered direct discrimination and victimisation in contravention of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 when a decision was made to drop her in favour of younger presenters following the programme’s move [...]

The ConLib Government has confirmed that the Default Retirement Age (DRA) of 65 will be phased out from 6 April 2011, with complete abolition on 1 October 2011. The Government has worked with Acas to produce comprehensive guidance to help businesses adapt to the change.
As proposed in the consultation on the DRA’s abolition, from 6 [...]

In Pervez v Macquarie Bank Ltd (London Branch) the EAT has ruled that an employee of a Hong Kong-based company, who had employment rights under UK legislation, had to be permitted to enforce those rights in an English employment tribunal. The EAT noted that this involved a ’strained’ interpretation of Reg 19(1) of the Employment [...]

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