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Acas has launched a consultation on a new Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements.

Independent research has found that the Acas helpline has averted around 14,000 employment tribunals a year.

The Government has announced a number of employment law changes, including the introduction and implementation of a new statutory code and guidance to encourage greater use of settlement agreements.

Increasing amounts of regulation can lock people out of the workforce and so a different approach is needed for small and large firms, say the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Small firms bear a disproportionate amount of the regulatory burden, particularly around ever-changing employment legislation.

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on Employment Tribunal (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) activity for the period 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012.

Employment tribunal fees will be tailored to encourage businesses and workers to mediate or settle a dispute rather than go to a full hearing from summer 2013

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed measures aimed at resolving workplace disputes and reforming the employment tribunal system. It believes these measures will considerably improve small business owners' willingness to take on more employees.

Government changes to streamline employment tribunals to cut unnecessary demands on employers and encourage growth, while safeguarding workers’ rights have come into effect from 6th April. The changes include:

A telephonist who was made redundant from Blaenau Gwent council has won his employment tribunal case against his former employer, reports the Telegraph.

The Law Society has described Government plans to introduce fees for taking claims to employment tribunals and Employment Appeals Tribunals as creating a barrier to justice.

Acas has recommended that more employers should consider using mediation at work to help resolve disputes and avoid the possible costs and stresses of going through employment tribunal claims.

The latest steps in reforms to the employment tribunal system have been unveiled by Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey, with the announcement of a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

A former NHS divisional director has received £933,000 in compensation for the racial discrimination and unfair dismissal at the hands of Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Unite has announced.

Plans to lower the £84 million cost to the taxpayer, and relieve pressure on businesses, through the introduction of fees for employment tribunals have been announced by Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly.

Abolishing legal aid for employment advice will have the perverse effect of increasing the number of cases that end up at an employment tribunal, national charity Citizens Advice has warned.

A report released by the British Chambers of Commerce reveals that small businesses (those with between 10-49 employees) want to grow, but their ambitions are frustrated by too much red tape.

There has been a significant increase in demand for help from Acas in resolving large-scale disputes in the past year. The conciliation service's 2010/11 annual report shows it dealt with 1,054 collective disputes over the period, up 15% from 2009/10.

New government statistics show that there was a 51% increase in overall claims to Employment Tribunals in the fourth quarter of 2010 - 2011 compared to the same period last year. The new figures are up 73% on the claims submitted for the fourth quarter of 2008 - 2009.

 

The Government's professional services group has recommended that employment tribunal awards for discrimination and unfair dismissal should be capped at £50,000, reports the Independent.

An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of 192 Merseyside workers who were made redundant when their employer, Connaught, went into administration, reports the Liverpool Echo.

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