Five things we learnt in employment law this week (22 September 2016)

  1. An Employment Tribunal urging a claimant to focus on whether his claims had any prospect of success did not necessarily give rise to a view that the Tribunal had already made a decision on the issue of costs (Hussain v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust).
James Rhodes, DAC Beachcroft.
James Rhodes, DAC Beachcroft.

2. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has determined that an ACAS Early Conciliation certificate does not necessarily only apply to matters that have taken place before the certificate is issued (Compass Group v Morgan).

3. Large employers with an annual turnover of at least £36 million are required to publish their first modern slavery statement by the end of September under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

4. With effect from 1 October 2016, the national minimum wage for workers aged under 25 but at least 21 rises to £6.95 per hour. The rate for workers aged at least 18 but under 21 is raised to £5.55 per hour; the rate for workers aged under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age goes up to £4.00 per hour; and the apprentice rate increases to £3.40 per hour.

5. Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice show that the number of Employment Tribunal claims have dropped slightly in the three months to June 2016. The statistics show that there were a total of 4,200 single claims received in this quarter, down 3% on April to June 2015. This continues the downward trend since the fees were first introduced in 2013.

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