The latest figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that the number of single claims presented to the employment tribunals in the quarter ended June 2104 has declined by 70% compared to the same period in 2013 and by 30% compared to the first quarter of 2014.
With effect from 30th June 2014 the current employee right to request flexible working will be extended to any employee with 26 weeks’ continuous employment and the current statutory timetable for considering requests, will be replaced by a requirement to give reasonable consideration to requests.
With 200 days to go until the Olympics opening ceremony in London, the Advice Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has issued some tips for employers to maintain discipline and harmonious employee relations during the period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced a number of proposals to reduce the burden of employment law on business, as well as changes to the employment tribunal system which are expected to reduce costs to both taxpayers and employers.
The phenomenal rise in the use of social networking sites for both personal and business purposes may put employers in uncharted waters e.g. in the use of postings on such sites in recruitment or disciplinary proceedings.