Well, back from France recently, hence the tag above, but if you must know, don’t know already or can’t find Google Translate, it means basically the more things change the more they stay the same.
Which is where we are with current changes to Employment Law.
Major changes have taken place now, with charging coming into place for the first time ever for Claimant’s putting in Employment Tribunal Claims.
Perhaps missed with all the fuss about Employment Tribunal Fees and the Court cases from Fox Partners (Scotland) and Unison in England/Wales was the following changes also coming in, on 29th of July.
While neither legal challenge was initially successful, both will have a new chance later in the year to see if they can challenge the new system. (These will likely he in October).
There were 3 major changes which came in on the 29th of July.
Employment Tribunal Fees (which we have covered) a few we have not. Below are some of the new changes:
a new additional cap on unfair dismissal awards (fixed at 12 months’ salary) to run alongside the existing overall cap (currently £74,200)
a fresh consultation on the legal framework protecting whistleblowers
new rules of procedure for employment tribunals, following the review undertaken by Lord Justice Underhill.
The latter included measures for sifting out weak claims at an early stage, improved case management, and removal of the £20,000 limit on costs awards (against both Claimants and Respondents).
Be very interested and keen to have feedback from all interested parties in what both sides think of these new rules and changes.