News and resources

27th July 2017

Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Employment Tribunal fee system, introduced in 2013, is unlawful and that with immediate effect individuals will no longer have to pay issue or hearing fees to bring a claim in the tribunals. Tony Hyams-Parish, Partner and Head of Employment at RB, explains the impact that this ruling will have on employers. Read more

18th January 2017

Employer’s Question: Notice pay when on long term sick leave

One of our employees has been on long term sick leave for the past 9 months and has exhausted their entitlement to company sick pay and SSP. He is our Administration Manager and works Monday to Friday 9-3pm. He has been with the company for 8 years and he is entitled to statutory notice. If we terminate his employment, what pay would he be entitled to? Read more

18th January 2017

Right to work but do we have the right to employ?

An employment tribunal has determined that an employee was fairly dismissed when he could not produce a document that confirmed he had the right to work in the UK, even though they accepted he was legally resident here. Tessa Robinson from RB’s Employment Team explains the reasons for the decision and considers the risks for businesses. Read more

16th January 2017

Redundancy: When can an employer use a mobility clause to avoid a redundancy payment?

Two recent cases have demonstrated the need for employers to consider carefully whether to rely on a mobility clause where employees need to relocate, rather than making employees redundant. Tony Hyams-Parish, Partner and Head of Employment at RB, examines these cases and provides a useful summary of the law in this area. Read more

15th December 2016

Employers required to publish gender pay gap data from April 2017

On 6 December 2016, the Government published the final draft of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. Subject to parliamentary approval, the regulations will come into force on 6 April 2017. In this feature, Tony Hyams-Parish, Partner and Head of RB’s Employment Team explains what the new regulations mean for employers. Read more

13th October 2016

Withdrawal of a job offer: breach of contract?

A recent case ruled that the withdrawal of a job offer was a breach of contract, even though contract terms had not yet been agreed between the parties. Tessa Robinson from the Employment Team at RB considers this case further and explains how employers should deal with the issue of withdrawing job offers. Read more

12th October 2016

New judicial assessment process in the Employment Tribunal

A new judicial assessment process is to be introduced into the Employment Tribunal giving litigants an early assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Tony Hyams-Parish, Partner and Head of the Employment Team at RB, explains what this means. Read more

20th September 2016

ACAS Early Conciliation: Do early conciliation certificates cover claims arising in the future?

Claimants are not allowed to issue an Employment Tribunal claim until they contact ACAS about their potential claims and ACAS issues an early conciliation certificate. But can additional claims be covered by the certificate if they post-date it? The Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled they can. Tessa Robinson from the Employment Team at RB examines this in more detail. Read more

10th August 2016

Employer’s Question: what action can be taken against a former employee who is racist on social media and still states that they work for us?

We have received a complaint from a member of the public about some racist Facebook posts a former employee has posted. They are not private. The member of public has contacted our customer services department to complain as her Facebook profile states that she works for us, but she left a few months ago. Do we have any potential cause of action against her? We are concerned about our reputation if more people see the posts. Read more