There is no doubt that this is a challenging time for any employer. A constantly changing landscape, in an unprecedented time with new terms such as furlough, there are naturally many, many questions for employers.
There are many challenges facing businesses at this time. Two of those key challenges are the sustainability and resilience of your business and secondly, how you manage and support your team in the current climate. With schools closing, people working from home juggling work and childcare how we work, communicate and do business going forwards will change.
Gravitate HR held three consecutive seminars last week in Falkirk, Edinburgh and Glasgow on Mental Health in the Workplace. We were joined by Marianne McJannett, an Employment Lawyer at TC Young.
The seminars focused on looking at how we build resilient workplaces that empower staff and promote wellness. The sessions were fully interactive, making use of Vevox and asking our delegates key questions about Mental Health in the Workplace.
Hopefully everyone had a relaxing Christmas and New Year, and what better way to start a new year than to post a blog! There has already been quite an interesting development at the start of the year with an employment tribunal ruling that ethical veganism is a ‘philosophical belief’ and thus is protected by the Equality Act under “religion or belief”.
Following the major decision of the Supreme Court last month to declare employment tribunal fees unlawful, People Management asked some employment lawyers the types of cases the courts are likely to hear more of in the future.
One of the big business stories last week was the ruling by the Supreme Court that the controversial fees for bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful, a ruling that was hailed as a “massive win for workers” by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.
In 2013, the Government introduced the fees with the goal of eliminating frivolous tribunal claims from an individual or group who knew that they would have very little chance of being successful. According to figures provided by the Ministry of Justice, the number of employment tribunal cases in 2012 generally averaged at slightly above 5,000 total cases per month. However, after the ruling in 2013, the total number of cases averaged between 1,500 and 2,000 per month, the highest number being 2,210 in March 2014 – well below the average number in 2012.