BIS employment law blog

by Laurie Anstis on April 9, 2014

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have started a new employment law blog.

Given that they are the government department with primary responsibility for employment law, the blog should be well worth following for anyone with an interest in the development of employment law and policy.

Vacancies on the Law Society’s employment law committee

by Laurie Anstis on April 2, 2014

There are currently vacancies on the Law Society’s employment law committee (and various other specialist Law Society committees).

Full details and how to apply can be found here. The closing date for applications is 14 April 2014.

Amendment to the early conciliation rules

by Laurie Anstis on March 31, 2014

Although early conciliation is not yet in force, there is already an amendment to the early conciliation rules.

The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 have just been published.

They address an important problem with the original rules. The original rules provided that where there was more than one prospective respondent the claimant only had to name one of the prospective respondents on their early conciliation form. This had the potential to conflict with the amendments to the employment tribunal rules, which said that a claim could be rejected if “the name of the respondent is not the same as the name of the respondent on the early conciliation certificate” (new rule 12(1)(f)). The claimant was not required to name more than one respondent in their reference to early conciliation, but the tribunal could reject the claim if it was brought against a respondent whose name was not on the early conciliation certificate. Read the rest of this entry »

ACAS early conciliation podcasts

by Laurie Anstis on March 31, 2014

ACAS early conciliation starts from 6 April 2014.

In anticipation of the start of early conciliation, Noel Lambert, ACAS’s head of individual dispute resolution policy, has been interviewed by Angharad Harris, chair of the Law Society’s employment law committee. Their discussion is available for download here.

Separately, he has been interviewed by Nicholas Robertson as part of Mayer Brown’s “Another View” podcast. That is available for download here. Read the rest of this entry »

Presidential Guidance on case management

by Laurie Anstis on March 18, 2014

The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) has issued guidance on general case management.

The guidance is issued under rule 7 of the Employment Tribunals’ rules of procedure and applies in England and Wales from 13 March 2014.

The guidance is in a different form to the previous guidance on rule 21 judgments and postponements. It is a 40-page document consisting mainly of appendices dealing with particular case management matters, and extending beyond this into such points as the definition of disability. Read the rest of this entry »