On the 29th July there are a number of changes taking place to the rules governing Employment Tribunals. One of these is the introduction of fees for claimants to issue a claim and then to have a final hearing. On the whole they are welcomed by employers on the basis that it may put off those claimants whom issue where there are limited or no prospects of success.
There have been two recent cases of large costs awards being made against claimants which goes against the starting position of employment tribunals. In Vaughan v London Borough of Lewisham and others UKEAT/0533/12in particular there was not even a costs warning made by the Respondent nor a deposit order made by the tribunal which, it could be argued, did not warn the claimant especially when he was unrepresented that costs may follow.
Our Employment law specialist James Bellamy offers advice to employers.
Marsden Rawsthorn's employment law specialist James Bellamy, comments on zero hours contracts.
"Zero hours contracts can be invaluable to businesses whose work fluctuates in order to keep overheads as streamlined as possible.
The Government (Vince Cable) is worried that companies are abusing these type of contracts for their own benefits. At a time when the government is looking at getting more people into work there is a very good public policy reason not to ban these and so it is unlikely they will go that far."
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