The Left’s View on Workers’ Rights

Owen Smith

While it looks like the current Government aren’t planning any substantial changes to employment rights, as hinted at by David Davis, the Labour leadership challenger, Owen Smith, has made a number of pledges if he were to become leader. Entitled a “Manifesto for Fairness at Work”, Mr Smith has focused his attention on “giving working […]

Childcare Vouchers

Maternity Leave

The thorny issue of childcare vouchers and whether these should continue to be provided during maternity leave has been revisited by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a judgment issued on 9th March. By way of background, an employee on maternity leave is entitled to the benefit of her terms and conditions of employment, except […]

Tribunals – Less Appealing?

Employment Tribunal

In July 2013 the Coalition Government introduced fees in England, Wales and Scotland which had to be paid by an individual in order to pursue a claim against their employer in an Employment Tribunal. Shortly after the introduction of these fees, Unison issued Judicial Review proceedings in an attempt to have the fee system abolished. […]

Trying Times

The time limit in which an individual must issue a claim for unfair dismissal, including constructive dismissal, is 3 months from the termination date. This can be extended if it was not “reasonably practicable” for the individual to issue their claim within that time frame. In Higgins v Home Office, Miss Higgins alleged that she […]

Doctor’s Orders: Take a Break

An employee goes to the doctor telling him he has work-related stress because he has to work 16 to 24 hours each day! The doctor signs him off work. When that sick note runs out, the employee goes back to the doctor, saying that he feels no better and he is again signed off work. […]