Tribunal fees dropped after court ruling

A government beset by policy U-turns has faced yet another one recently, as the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were ‘inconsistent with access to justice’, and therefore unlawful. Not only has this caused red faces at the Ministry, but it could hit the government’s coffers too – potentially up to £32million in repayments to workers intent on getting justice. The challenge to the charges for bringing an employment tribunal claim – £1,200 in many cases – was brought by trade union Unison. Their argument was that the fee…

Obesity can be deemed a disability following Court ruling

Employers will need to review circumstances for obese employees whose weight is causing them problems in the workplace, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Court has ruled that if the obesity of a worker "hinders the full and effective participation of that person in professional life on an equal basis with other workers", then obesity can fall within the concept of "disability". The decision is binding across the European Union and creates a precedent that is likely to have a major impact on employment…

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