Employment Law

Index items here on employment legislation, employment-related topics and case law that is not covered by any of the sub-categories OR within Employee Relations or Diversity and Equality or Health, Safety and Well-being and any of their sub-categories.

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    Oyarce v Cheshire County Council

    The Court of Appeal considered whether the "reverse burden of proof" applied to claims of victimisation under the Race Relations Act 1976 (RRA). It decided that it did not. If the reverse burden of proof did...

    Force One Utilities v Hatfield

    This case was struck out by the tribunal because of the behaviour of one of the employer’s witnesses, who had also played a key role in handling the employer’s case. When the case was adjourned half way through, this employee...

    Information age ushers in a new source

    A potentially important employment tribunal development could see all tribunal judgments being made available online. Currently, only Employment Appeal Tribunal decisions are published in such a way. This could have a significant...

    Wright v Weed Control Ltd

    In this case, an employer put in a counter-claim against an employee claiming breach of contract and the employee had to pay damages. Wright, the managing director, was suspended without pay, then dismissed for, among other...

    Acas to get millions for workplace dispute proposals

    The government is to spend an extra £37 million on speeding up workplace dispute procedures and reducing the need for employment tribunals. The funding will go to conciliation service Acas over the next three years...

    Ten steps to being a star witness

    The number of people called as witnesses in employment tribunals continues to rise as claims increase. What happens if you are in the firing line? “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is the answer.   1 Stay cool . Giving...

    Irish tribunals hit by backlog

    Backlogs at the Employment Appeals Tribunal are meaning workers and employers waiting an average of 11 months for cases to be heard, it has emerged. The tribunal, which hears cases of unfair dismissal, as well as disputes...

    Qualifications to the rules on representation

    A recent EAT judgment has drawn attention to the problems that can be caused by unauthorised claims managers. Employees or employer tribunal representatives who don’t have proper authorisation may delay proceedings if they...

    Legal insights

    Employment tribunals and dismissal are the topics of two new titles added to the CIPD’s series of factsheets, which are now available for free download from the CIPD’s website. The factsheets provide introductory...

    When to be a master of disguise

    Dealing with allegations of employee misconduct from an informant who insists on anonymity is one of the most sensitive HR issues. What steps should employers take to achieve the right balance between protecting witnesses...