Equal rights for the self-employed?

by Laurie Anstis on September 23, 2014

The party conference season has started with the Labour party conference in Manchester. Today was the day of Ed Miliband’s speech, in which he seems to suggest an unexpected major new employment policy initiative – equal rights for the self-employed:

“The next Labour government will ensure there are equal rights for the self-employed.” Read the rest of this entry »

What is the future for employment tribunals?

by Laurie Anstis on September 19, 2014

Following on from a speech given by David Latham, former President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales), the Law Society’s Employment Law Committee is today starting a project to look at the future of employment tribunals in England and Wales. What is it that society needs and wants for employment dispute resolution?

The project will look at possible reform under three headings: Read the rest of this entry »

Latest news on the judicial review of employment tribunal fees

by Laurie Anstis on September 18, 2014

The employment tribunal fees judicial review application made by Unison was in the Court of Appeal today to deal with some procedural points.

Unison have issued a brief press release on the outcome, from which it seems that the appeal is being stayed pending a fresh application by them in the High Court.

I had understood that the EHRC was applying to intervene in the appeal, but there is no word on what became of their application.

Employee prosecuted for taking personal data

by Laurie Anstis on September 11, 2014

It is common in cases involving competition from a former employee for a business or organisation to suspect that the former employee has taken confidential information (such as customer lists, price lists or product data) with them when they left the business.

If this is suspected, the business or organisation will usually have to rely on confidentiality clauses in the former employee’s contract of employment in order to recover or prevent use of this information.

A case reported today is the first instance I know of where such a case has lead to a prosecution by the Information Commissioner’s Office under data protection law for unlawfully accessing or processing personal data. According to the ICO press release: Read the rest of this entry »

ACAS’s first quarterly update on early conciliation

by Laurie Anstis on September 3, 2014

ACAS has today published its first quarterly update on early conciliation.

The update shows that in the period 6 April to 30 June 2014 ACAS received around 17,000 notifications under the early conciliation scheme. Of these, about 500 were from employers. The figures include the period from 6 April to 5 May when early conciliation was voluntary. Looking only at May and June, notifications were running at between 6,500 – 7,000 a month. Read the rest of this entry »