Employment tribunal claims down drastically after fees were introduced

One year ago, in July 2013, the Government introduced fees for bringing a claim to employment tribunal. Sexual harassment, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims now cost claimants £1,200. Claims to recover unpaid wages or holiday pay cost the employees £390. This has, unsurprisingly, had a major impact on the number of claims processed by the tribunal courts. Continue reading

GP fit note decisions need not always be the definitive last word

This article was written recently by Health for Work Adviceline. The Health for Work Adviceline service is provided by NHS occupational health services. It is a key part of Health, Work and Wellbeing, a Government-led initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of working age people in the UK.

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Government takes a stance to prevent long term illness

Last week the Government officially published their response to Black and Frosts’ 2011 review of sickness absence in the UK..

The biggest change to be made as a result of the review of sickness absence, is the introduction of the Long Term Absence scheme which offers free Occupational Health (OH) assessments to employees that have been signed off work for 4 weeks. Continue reading

Flexible working – what is changing?

Last week, the government announced a new plan to expand the ‘Right to Request’ flexible working patterns to all employees. Previously this was only available to parents with children under 16. The main aim of the initiative is to boost the job market and make it more inclusive to mothers and single parents. Continue reading