Tribunal fees to be scrapped

Yesterday it was declared by the Supreme Court that tribunal fees are unlawful and that all fees paid (amounting to as much as £27 million) over the last four years are to be refunded.

Unison brought the case to the Supreme Court after losing it’s case at the High Court and the Court of Appeal. They challenged the government’s decision to introduce tribunal fees under a piece of secondary legislation in July 2013.

My Twitter feed went nuts yesterday as the ruling was announced and has divided many opinions. Some were pleased at the ruling and agreed that it is indeed unlawful; whilst others thought it could open the floodgates to unnecessary tribunal claims.

Lord Reed advised that employment tribunals “are intended to provide a forum for the enforcement of employment rights by employees and workers, including the low paid, those who have recently lost their jobs and those who are vulnerable to long-term unemployment”. Therefore the judges concluded that the fees were preventing access to justice.

The ruling announced that the charges were indirectly discriminatory towards women, who were more likely to bring a more costly and serious case, and were in breach of EU law.

In the light of this landmark decision, the lord chancellor will be quashing the order that introduced the fees, which can amount to as much as £1,200 for a single claim, and refunds will be issued to those who previously paid to bring a case.

A poll set up by People Management advised that 70% of people were pleased at the result; so what do you all think? Feel free to put your comments below.

So it is now a case of watch this space to find out how fees will be refunded (and who indeed will be funding them); what steps employers need to take to protect themselves from risk and what action the Government will take from here.

It certainly is interesting times.

#HRActsOfKindness Challenge 5

It’s Friday! Happy Friday greetings to you all, I cannot believe how fast this week has flown by!

Your 5th and final challenge is a tough but simple one but I think we can all do it together! 

Say one nice thing to everyone you see or speak to today.

Your songs choices will be played throughout the day starting at 10am to get you through the workday so keep your eyes peeled! 

Have a fabulous Friday and I will round up #HRActsOfKindness later today, thank you all for taking part. 

#HRActsOfKindness Challenge 4

Can you believe that we’re on challenge 4 already? This week has flown by!

Ok two things I need from you all today, and tomorrow you’ll have a surprise as a result! 

Challenge 4

Sincerely compliment your manager, who probably doesn’t often get feedback

For the freelancers:

Give yourself some credit! Think about your achievements and how far you’ve come. Sometimes we can be the harshest of critics so why not pat yourself on the back for a change.

For tomorrow:

Send me a work related song on your choice, pop them into the comments below and tomorrow I’ll pull together a fantastic playlist with all of your songs so we can fly together through our final challenges and review what we’ve been up to all week.

#HRActsOfKindness Challenge 3

So yesterday everyone was very quiet about the initiative so do let me know how you got on. Today we are picking up the pace!

Challenge 3

Support a positive culture or on boarding process by asking a new (or newish) employee in your business how they are getting on and offer any assistance in helping them settle in.

For the freelancers!

Be encouraging to someone’s idea or project and offer any guidance that may help them

#HRActsOfKindness is back! Challenge 1/5

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be bringing back #HRActsOfKindness this week for you all, I have had so many messages, emails and tweets from all over and I’m so pleased at how many of you want to get involved!

A warm welcome back to those who joined in last year, I loved hearing your stories from all over the world and it showed very quickly how together we can all make a difference just by being positive. I even had messages from people outside of HR who had been helped by their HR department as a result of the initiative.

For those joining us the first time around, a huge welcome to you and believe me, together we can achieve incredible things. It’s easy to follow, there is a challenge set each day for five days and all you need to do, is do them!

This initiative is not just for HR professionals, it is for everyone. The reason it was branded this was is because I believe that HR can be a function which challenges the status quo and leads by example. Secondly, it is simply what I do for a living!

Kindness is not a fluffy term by any stretch of the imagination, it is a carefully considered and purposeful selfless action that people do often without thought and without expectation.

The challenges I set for you each day at 8am are set with the purpose of simply passing kindness around from one person to another and spreading that through our organisations, to our friends and family.

Please feel free to share your stories with me by either commenting below or you can tweet me or even email me at natalie@ellishr.co.uk. Don’t forget to use the #HRActsOfKindness to get more people involved.

So are we ready to rock?! Of course you are!

Challenge 1

Send three positive messages to three different people that you are connected with.