Employment law at the Conservative party conference

by Laurie Anstis on October 2, 2014

Two weeks ago I blogged about a policy proposal made by Ed Miliband in his speech at the Labour party conference.

Last week it was the turn of the Conservative party to meet, and I was keeping an eye out for any employment law reform proposals that might be mentioned in speeches.

Perhaps mindful of the outstanding judicial review, there was no mention by ministers of employment tribunal fees or their effect. Matt Hancock is the Conservative minister with most involvement in employment law, but it did not feature in his speech. Read the rest of this entry »

Law Smash

by Laurie Anstis on October 2, 2014

A few months ago I wrote a post about Paul Gilbert’s LawFest.

One of the workshops at LawFest was a stand-up comedy workshop lead by Steve Cross, Head of Public Engagement at UCL and founder of a number of performance events for scientists and academics. Steve promised that he would put on an event for lawyers, and we now have Law Smash - the first stand-up comedy night featuring lawyers as performers, with most of them making their debuts as stand-up comedians. After the lawyers comes the evening’s headline act - Tiernan Douieb.

The event is on at the Star of Kings in Kings Cross, London on 9 October 2014. Tickets are available here and all profits go to the National Youth Arts Trust.

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.