What is whistleblowing?

There is legislation to protect employees if they ‘blow the whistle’ on their employer. If an employee is dismissed because they have ‘blown the whistle’ their dismissal is considered unfair. Unlawful Detriment Furthermore, employees are also entitled to be protected from any unlawful detriment…


Costs in the Employment Tribunal

Employment Tribunal costs (including solicitors’ and barristers’ fees) differ from the Courts.  In the County Court and the High Court, you usually recover a percentage of the legal costs from the losing party (apart from the small claims section). However, in the Employment Tribunal, the general…


Employment rights and wills - what new parents need to know

As an expectant first-time mother, I have been recently doing the same as many others in my position: buying pushchairs and other paraphernalia, choosing baby names, and thinking considerably about the future. New parenthood brings with it a whole new set of considerations and issues: what rights…


grievance procedure

Employers, do you have a proper grievance procedure?

Recent gender reassignment case highlights the need for employers to have a proper grievance procedure in place A recent case involving Primark Stores Limited highlights the need for employers to follow an appropriate grievance procedure. The failure to do so in this case led, in part, to the…


Starting an employment discrimination claim

Generally, the Employment Tribunal hears employment discrimination claims (save for a few exceptions). These claims concern discrimination in relation to protected characteristics. These include (but are not limited to): age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race,…


Discrimination against vegans

Individuals are protected from discrimination if they hold one of the following protected characteristics: Age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation. With 542,000 vegans (and growing!) in the UK,…


Negotiating an employment settlement agreement

Important, but often overlooked terms Where an employer seeks to terminate an employee’s employment, doing it by settlement agreement is often a practical way to do so. This is because the parties will agree the terms of the termination, giving both sides certainty. The essence of the agreement is…


Monitoring emails in the workplace

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) has considered a case regarding employers monitoring employees' emails. It has ruled that employers "cannot reduce private social life in the workplace to zero. Respect for private life and for the privacy of correspondence continues to exist, even if…


Employment case update: discrimination

Last week the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down judgment in Trayhorn -v- the Secretary of State for Justice UKEAT/0304/16.  In this case, the EAT considered whether or not a Tribunal had made an error in requiring evidence of group disadvantage in a discrimination claim relating to…


Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees unlawful

The Supreme Court has today ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful and restrict access to justice. The judgment The most interesting comments within the judgment were those which were perhaps the most scathing of the government’s policy/decision to impose fees. It was said that there was…