The Supreme Court has today handed down a unanimous judgement declaring the Employment Tribunal fees regime introduced in July 2013 unlawful on the grounds that it restricts access to justice, contrary to both common law and European Union legal principles.
Since 29 July 2013 Employment Tribunal claimants have been required to pay fees to start a claim, with further fees for the final hearing. Fees payable for a basic unfair dismissal are a minimum of £1,200. The fees have been strongly criticised and today's publication fulfils a longstanding government promise to investigate whether changes are required.
Effective 1 October 2016 the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) for workers aged 21-24 increases by 25 pence per hour to £6.95 per hour.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that the obligation on an employer to consider making reasonable adjustments to help disabled employees overcome any disadvantage caused by disability may extend to paying them a higher rate of pay than the “going rate” for the work that they are able to do.
Effective 1 April 2016 workers aged 25 and over who are not in the first year of an apprenticeship are entitled to receive the new National Living Wage, set at £7.20 per hour.