July 2013 news

pushing aheadFollowing Andy Murray’s outstanding endurance in his final match at Wimbledon earlier this month, one could comment that, in the field of employment law, the Government continues to demonstrate its own dogged endurance as it pushes on and on with its reforms. Observing and reacting to it does, however, produce a different sort of exhaustion from that felt when cheering on Andy! This month saw Employment Tribunal fees and rules finally introduced, plus the compensatory awards cap and settlement agreements and the accompanying ACAS Code. The Government also published its response to the consultation on its plans for ACAS Early Conciliation. In our case update we look at the latest chapter in how to calculate redundancies for the purpose of collective consultation, calculating holiday payments to include overtime payments and shift premiums, and, finally, we explore the circumstances in which an employer can require a disabled employee to undergo a competitive interview process without discriminating against them.