Mediation given Access Boost

As from 3rd November 2014, if one of a separating or divorcing couple is eligible for legal aid in mediation, then both partners get the first session free. This new measure is funded by the government to encourage couples to look at mediation as a means of resolving issues arising on separation whether it is the arrangements for any children or money matters. Continue reading

Shared Parental Leave and Pay

The changes made by the Children and Families Act 2014 mean that from 05 April 2015 parents will be able to share up to 50 weeks of parental leave and 37 weeks of statutory parental pay. The changes are applicable for parents of children whose expected week of childbirth is on or after 05 April 2015 and for those children who are placed for adoption on or after 05 April 2015. Continue reading

Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling

An eagerly anticipated ruling has been made today by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the cases of Bear Scotland v Fulton, Amec v Law and Hertel v Wood. The EAT’s rejection of the employers’ appeals means that employers must now include regular commission payments in the calculation of holiday pay, rather than looking at basic salary only. Continue reading

Introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees

The introduction of fees for Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal will take place on Monday 29 July 2013 (subject to Parliamentary approval) according to an announcement by HM Courts & Tribunal Service. Any employee intending to issue an ET claim should do so by 28th July 2013 where possible to avoid having to pay the issue fee. Continue reading