Each month we ask a different member of our team to introduce themselves to you by answering some questions about themselves. This month you can click here to get to know Fran, the newest member of our team...
Pimlico Plumbers v Smith EAT
Employment status continues to be a hot topic in the news, with Pimlico Plumbers becoming the most recent organisation to lose a tribunal claim relating to this. An employment appeal tribunal upheld the previous judgement that a plumber who had been engaged by the firm as an independent contractor for 6 years was not self-employed.
What technology innovation made the most impact on your life (good or bad!)?
The smartphone (for better and worse!)
What is one important skill every person should have?
How to relate to others. Our ability to have a fulfilling and successful life depends on getting along with people!
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Pretty much anywhere with hot weather and a beach!
What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Happy, non-judgemental, spontaneous
If you had a time machine, what point in the past or future would you visit?
1950s/60s- post war, and to see the world when my grandparents were growing up
R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor and another (Supreme Court)
In August 2015 the Court of Appeal dismissed the latest challenge brought by Unison against the introduction of employment tribunal fees.
Claims are divided into two types: Type A (for example, claims for statutory redundancy payments, unlawful deductions from wages and breach of contract) and Type B (for example, unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing).
For a single claimant, the issue fee for a Type A claim is £160 and the hearing fee is £230. The issue fee for a Type B claim is £250 and the hearing fee is £950. Individuals can apply for a full or partial fee remission which takes into account disposable and gross monthly income.
One of the key reasons for dismissal of the claim was the fact that the High Court believed the claim to be premature, due to the lack of evidence available as to the impact of the fees. In response to this, the government is undertaking a formal review of the impact of fees.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear Unison’s appeal against the Court of Appeal decision in March 2017.
Before Christmas we conducted our annual Barometer survey, which focussed on two key areas; current HR KPIs across the sector, and the range of benefits that organisations offer to their staff. The results offered some interesting insights into current trends in the housing, homeless and care sector, and this newsletter will focusing on some of the key findings.