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Employment Tribunal fees – refund scheme open to all

If you paid Tribunal fees between 2013 and 2017, you can now reclaim these.  

There is an “online form” to fill in (https://employmenttribunals.service.gov.uk/apply/refund/profile-selection).

The details you will need to have to hand are:-

  1. Your claim number (a number, followed by the year of issue);
  2. The name of the Respondent (your former employer);
  3. The amount paid and when it was paid – this will usually be an “issue fee” (paid when you lodged the claim) and a “hearing fee” paid 6 weeks before the final hearing;
  4. Your bank account details.

Injury to feelings – new “Vento” bands

In discrimination claims, there is an additional claim for financial compensation as a remedy for the “injury to feelings suffered” (even though you might say that money is not always the answer, in legal terms, it often is).

There are various “bands” for injury to feelings, which have been reviewed over the years, called the “Vento” bands. These have been revised again and the new bands which will apply to any claims issued on or after 11 September 2017 are:-

  • lower band (less serious cases): £800 to £8,400;
  • middle band: £8,400 to £25,200;
  • upper band (the most serious cases): £25,200 to £42,000; 
  • exceptional cases: over £42,000

Worker Status: another month and another case on employment status.

In London, an Employment Tribunal held that Addison Lee drivers were “workers”, not self-employed.  The Employment Appeal Tribunal has also upheld a decision that Uber drivers are also “workers”.

Next stop is February 2018, when Pimlico Plumbers are apparently taking their case to the Supreme Court.

Disability – some salutary facts

Here at Watkins, we have always been passionate about supporting our clients with disabilities; from education through to employment.  We act as advocates for individuals to make sure that there is a sensible discussion around their disability, whether that be in a school setting or at work. 

Scope have been doing some work to raise awareness of the reality of the working world and has come up with these salutary facts:

  • Disabled people have to apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people before finding one.  
  • The difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people (known as the “disability employment gap”) has remained at around 30% for over a decade.
  • 53% of disabled people have experienced bullying or harassment at work. 
  • 58% of disabled people felt at risk of losing their job because of their impairment.
  • 48% of disabled people have worried about talking about their impairment or condition with an employer. 

See their new campaign – “Let’s Talk – improving conversations about disability at work”

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