At the end of January the Government launched a consultation on reforms to the employment tribunal system, predominantly aimed to reduce the number of claims.
The proposals are far reaching, however the most significant of these proposals include:
- increasing the qualifying period for employees to be able to bring a claim for unfair dismissal from one to two years
- introducing a fee for bringing a claim
- encouraging parties to resolve disputes among themselves as soon as possible
- speeding up the tribunal process.
The period of consultation ends on 20 April 2011, and organic hr are pleased to have contributed to this process by voicing their opinions and providing feedback in relation to the proposals, specifically in relation to the anticipated impact of these on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
A separate consultation will be undertaken by The Ministry of Justice in relation to the proposals to introduce fees sometime in the Spring of this year.
The Government has also published an Employer’s Charter which sets out clearly what employers can or cannot do when managing employees.
Further information, including the consultation document and the Charter, is available on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website, www.bis.gov.uk.