employment tribunal

A Guide to the Employment Tribunal Process

A Guide to the Employment Tribunal Process

It is a sad fact of business life that disputes between employees and employers are common. The majority of these disputes will play out at an employment tribunal. Even if you consider your relationship with your employees to be a harmonious one, and consider the likelihood of disputes to be low, it still pays to have a considered strategy for dealing with tribunals. Employment law is increasingly developing in favour of the needs of employees and with awards increasing, being unprepared for tribunals can see you losing out massively. A well-thought out plan will allow you to prepare and present the best possible defence of your actions, and prevent disgruntled employees from taking you to the cleaners. Here we cover the stages of the tribunal process, how to defend a case and prevent a di... »

Employment Tribunals: Fees to be Introduced

Bringing a claim to an employment tribunal is currently free and costs £84 million to run every year, a cost footed by the public purse. In 2011 the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) proposed charging fees for employment tribunals in an attempt to sift the burden of payment away from the taxpayer and towards those who actually use the service. The consultation has now closed and the results of the MoJ decision are that fees will now be charged for going to an employment tribunal. Not only is this intended to reduce the taxpayer subsidy but also to encourage businesses and workers to go to mediation early and resolve workplace disputes in a more timely and cost-effective fashion. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) will continue to provide free dispute resolution service... »