Employment tribunals

Long covid recognised as disability in landmark tribunal

An employee with long Covid has won an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal, becoming the first person to successfully claim that the condition should be classed as a disability.

Banter tribunals on the rise

Employment tribunals where defendants claimed their remarks were just banter rose by 45% in 2021, according to research from law firm GQ Littler.

Employment tribunals on the rise for neurodivergent workers

Employment tribunals involving neurodivergent employees rose last year, with dyslexia the most common condition involved.

Recording employee tribunals could lead to fairer hearings

Employment tribunals (ETs) conducted remotely could soon be recorded under plans being considered to bring proceedings more up to date.

EHRC Race Legal Support Fund: What employers need to know

In November 2021 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched a new legal fund to tackle race discrimination. How is being used?

HR must heed the warnings of IR35 tribunals

Mote Cricket Club is now listed alongside Uber and Pimlico Plumbers as an organisation hauled through the tribunals by individuals asserting that they were employees or workers, not contractors.

P&O's PR disaster exposes HR's critical role in risk management

Ethical failures, like the recent firing of 800 staff without consultation by ferry company P&O, can prove costly to business and seriously damage people’s lives. Employers – and HR – say experts...

P&O firings: ‘breath-taking’ redundancy decision may prove costly

Ferry company P&O could face significant financial and reputational damage in the courts after it fired 800 staff with immediate effect on 17 March.

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Are compulsory retirement ages discriminatory? 

The issue of age in the workplace, specifically compulsory retirement ages, is a minefield for employers to navigate.

Flexible working tribunal claims rise sharply

The number of employment tribunal decisions relating to flexible working have leapt by 52% in the past year.

12 months of 2021: January

It was another year of turbulence for people professionals. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown reviews what made the headlines in 2021.

Supreme Court confirms employers’ right to change contracts if negotiation fails

The 27 October ruling of Kostal UK vs Dunkley has cleared up details of an employers’ rights when it comes to collective bargaining with trade unions.