Author Archives: Tom Stenner-Evans

Age Discrimination Case Update

The recent case of Whitham v Capita Insurance Services has held that stopping permanent health insurance benefits once an employee reached the age of 55 amounted to age discrimination.  Although only a first instance decision, it is nonetheless likely to … Continue reading

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Proposed TUPE Changes – A Detailed Summary

If you ever come across TUPE in your organisation, this article is well worth a read.

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TUPE Changes

The government’s proposed changes to TUPE are now likely to be published next month, with a view to them coming into force in January 2014. The proposed changes are expected to include:-

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Settling Disputes

The High Court has held that a letter from an employer’s solicitors to an employee setting out a proposed settlement sum, and a subsequent letter of acceptance from the employee, constituted a binding agreement settling the claim and a counterclaim … Continue reading

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Beating the Tribunal Fee Regime…

If you are planning to issue any Claim Forms before 29 July 2013, in order to avoid paying Tribunal fees, the Ministry of Justice has announced the latest time it will accept online submission of Claim Forms is 4pm on … Continue reading

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Collective Consultation – the Woolworths decision at last!

A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision has resulted in a fundamental change to the law on collective consultation, making the road ahead one that will have to be carefully navigated by employers. The case of USDAW v WW Realisation Ltd … Continue reading

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Unfair Dismissal changes – IMPORTANT

Jo Swinson, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs, has issued a ministerial statement announcing, amongst other things, that the the cap on the unfair dismissal award will be changed to the lower of £74,200 or one … Continue reading

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Reasonable Adjustments – How Far Do Employers Have to Go?

We are all familiar with the concept of the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. This duty extends to an employer’s recruitment process, where reasonable adjustments to the interview procedure should be made, where needed, for disabled candidates. … Continue reading

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Collective Redundancy Consultation – case update

Do your employee reps have the required authority for collective redundancy consultation? In a very important recent decision (Kelly v Hesley Group Limited) the Employment Appeal Tribunal had restated that the statutory collective redundancy consultation rules must be followed strictly. … Continue reading

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Getting the most out of Fit Notes

The DWP has recently published some guidance on how to get the most out of fit notes.  There is a general consensus amongst employers that fit notes have not assisted with managing sickness absence to the extent that most people … Continue reading

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