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Latest From The Employment Law Experts
Latest From The Employment Law Experts

Latest From The Employment Law Experts

As the European Court partially vindicates employees' rights to manifest their religion at work, and with coalition measures set to make access to justice more difficult for all employees, employment lawyer, historian and activist David Renton discusses the added difficulties for those bringing race discrimination claims. On 15 January, the European Court upheld the claim of Nadia Eweida, a member of British Airways check-in staff, that preventing her from wearing her Christian cross round her neck was a disproportionate interference with her right to religious expression. David Cameron had said that if her claim was not upheld, he would change the law. Cameron's support was of Ms Eweida as a Christian rather than for employee rights; 2013 is set to be the year of a perfect storm of measures designed to protect employers from legal claims by workers. Following last year's doubling of the 'threshold' period for unfair dismissal claims from one year to two, this year will see the abolition of legal advice and assistance for Employment Tribunal claims, the slashing of the maximum compensation award for unfair dismissal from £72,000 to a maximum of one year's wages, new rules allowing employment judges to strike claims out at any stage, and the introduction of fees of up to £1,200 to bring claims. Employees (and unsuccessful job applicants) claiming unlawful discrimination in hiring, firing and workplace conditions will be exempted from some of these measures – they will still be eligible for legal advice and assistance, for example. But discrimination…
I have noticed a large number of people coming to my site searching for "compromise agreement calculator" and feel that I ought to explain why I do not have one on my site and why you should NOT use such a calculator.
I previously blogged on the new Tribunal limits for 2013 in an earlier blog (Employment Tribunal Award Limits Announced For 2013).
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