Employment tribunal national user groups

by Laurie Anstis on October 22, 2014

For some time now, the employment tribunals in England and Wales, and separately in Scotland, have had stakeholder or user groups made up of users of the tribunal system and senior officials. These groups meet regularly to discuss areas of mutual concern in the administration and operation of employment tribunals, but their work has not been particularly well known.

The Ministry of Justice website now has a separate section devoted to the work of these groups, setting out the members and publishing minutes of their meetings.

Parts of the most recent minutes of the England and Wales group (under the heading “policy report”) deal with plans to amend the online ET1 and ET3 forms and (under the heading “fees report”) deal with the long-awaited ministerial review of employment tribunal fees.

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 »