UK employment law news

Our news bulletins aim to highlight some of the most significant recent developments in UK employment law and practice. Colina Greenway is always happy to discuss the impact of these and other developments on particular client circumstances.

Supreme Court rules Employment Tribunal fee regime unlawful

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.

Ministry of Justice consults on tribunal fee reform

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.

Increases in National Minimum Wage

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.

Pay protection for disabled employees may constitute a reasonable adjustment

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.

New National Living Wage for over 25s

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.