A year in lockdown at the Employment Tribunal: What have we learned?

What a year it’s been for employment practitioners and Employment Tribunals across the UK!

From the initial weeks of postponements and the conversion of multi-day hearings to telephone case management only, to the swift and (largely) successful switch to the use of virtual hearings across the employment law spectrum, it’s safe to say the last 12 months have been like no other.

And at the same time, employment law itself and the issues you’ve been advising clients on, has developed in ways which could not have been foreseen. The introduction of the furlough provisions with their Friday night guidance updates, employees wearing masks (or not) and the galactic shift to homeworking have thrown up a multitude of questions for employers and employees around the country.

In the well-known words of Fatboy Slim, “we’ve come a long, long way together, through the hard times and the good”. But through it all, what have we learned?

Laura Gould and Sam Proffitt hosting this online discussion in which they cover:

Consider how we, the Tribunals and our clients have adapted to virtual hearings:

- explaining where challenges have arisen and how they can be overcome - identifying the practical pitfalls and providing guidance on how best to avoid them

- reflecting on the impact of virtual hearings on overall case strategy

Look at some of the new issues and claims which have arisen as a result of the lockdown measures, including:

- PPE requirements in the work environment

- Vaccination policies - Employee health and welfare, disability and dealing with refusals to work Gaze into the future and discuss our expectations of where we might be in another 12 months’ time.

If you have any questions or would like to get in contact with our employment team, please contact Paul Clarke (Senior Clerk) on 0161 819 8804 or at pclarke@kingschambers.com.

 

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