Taylor review outcome due next week?

by Laurie Anstis on July 7, 2017

The outcome of the Taylor review on Employment Practices in the Modern Economy seems likely to set the agenda for employment law over the next few years.

In an exchange on Twitter, Matthew Taylor has now said that he is expecting his report to be published “early next week”.

10% increase in compensation for injury to feelings – the Vento bands and Simmons v Castle

by Laurie Anstis on July 5, 2017

Back in October 2012 I wrote about the case of Simmons v Castle and its implications for employment law.

In Simmons v Castle the Court of Appeal applied a general 10% uplift to “general damages”. There was no mention of compensation for injury to feelings in employment tribunal discrimination claims, but my conclusion at the time was that “it looks a lot like the effect of Simmons v Castle is also to raise compensation for injury to feelings in discrimination claims … by 10%.Read the rest of this entry »

Further thoughts on online employment tribunal judgments

by Laurie Anstis on March 3, 2017

The new online database of employment tribunal judgments has now been live for around three weeks.

In that time it has been consistently and regularly updated. It appears that anything that counts as a “judgment” is uploaded, which includes simple records of withdrawals as well as more substantial decisions.

It is possible to subscribe to email or RSS updates for the database, but with many new judgments being added daily it is beyond even the most dedicated researcher to follow all the new decisions.

There are, though, more selective ways of being updated. For instance, if you are interested in any new TUPE decisions, you can select the TUPE jurisdiction from the drop down menu. If you do that, you will get a list of all the TUPE cases. At the top of that list, the “feed” item is now limited only to TUPE cases. By subscribing to that RRS feed through a feed reader such as Feedly you can then get notified only of any new TUPE cases. Unfortunately it does not seem as though this works for email updates, so has to be done via RSS, which is a little more technical.  Read the rest of this entry »

Online database of employment tribunal decisions now live

by Laurie Anstis on February 9, 2017

The long-awaited online database of employment tribunal decisions is now live and available here.

I am not aware of any formal announcement concerning this, and it is not clear what, if any, cut-off date has been applied for the decisions. Some date from 2016, but at this stage exactly which older decisions are available is unclear. It may be that they are still being processed and uploaded.

The database contains a free text search, along with search by jurisdiction and date, but there is no facility to search by claimant or respondent, other than the free text search.

Thanks to Practical Law for spotting this.

Government review of employment tribunal fees now published

by Laurie Anstis on January 31, 2017

After a very long wait, the government has now published its “Review of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunal”. This includes a consultation on proposals for reform of the system, and is available online here.

The lengthy document finds that “the original objectives [of the fee system] have broadly been met” and that “while there is clear evidence that ET fees have discouraged people from bringing claims, there is no conclusive evidence that they have been prevented from doing so”. However, “the review highlights some matters of concern that cannot be ignored” and “the Government has decided to take action to address these concerns.” Read the rest of this entry »