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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

When the ACAS Code applies

The Acas Code on Discipline and Grievance provides guidance for employers on procedures to follow when dealing with employee grievances or discipline. Failure to follow the Code can result in a successful Claimant receiving an uplift of up to 25% on the compensation they receive at Employment Tribunal. The Acas Code applies where employees are disciplined for misconduct or poor performance and does not apply to redundancy procedure. However, there remained uncertainty as to the other types of case in which the Acas Code should be followed. Two recent cases shed some light on this.

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The Impact of Employment Tribunal Fees

The House of Commons Justice Committee recently carried out an inquiry regarding, among other things, fees in the Employment Tribunal (ET). Part of this inquiry was to consider the effect the introduction of ET fees has had on access to justice and how it has affected the volume and quality of cases brought. They have now published their report.

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“Brexit” – Implications for Employment Law

With the referendum on the UK’s EU membership only days away, there has been much discussion of the effect a “Brexit” could have in numerous areas. Here, we look at the possible implications leaving the EU could have for employment law.

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Shared Parental Leave – One Year On

Last year, the new scheme of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced for parents of children born on or after 5th April 2015 (see our previous blog for further information on this scheme). The aims were to allow more flexibility for parents and to allow more fathers to take extended leave on the birth of their child. One year on, what has the impact of the scheme been?

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