ACAS Early Conciliation

From 6 May 2014 any employee wanting to bring a Tribunal claim will first have to contact ACAS and go through early conciliation. When they contact ACAS they will fill in a form giving the details of who should be contacted at the employer company. ACAS realise that in some cases employees might not give the appropriate name, for example, giving their line manager when HR should be contacted. To deal with this ACAS are setting up a National Contacts List so that, whoever is named on the form, the person on the contacts list will be the person ACAS get in touch with for the entire organisation. If this is something which is appropriate for your business you just need to e-mail ECcontactslist@acas.org.uk giving the name of the nominated person and their telephone number. Back to legal...

Warning for employers involved in public sector tendering

We are reminded this week that employers who take part in public sector tendering are at risk of potentially business closing claims if they do not carry out proper due diligence, and this is particularly the case regarding Equal Pay. In a Scottish case, women traffic wardens have won the right to equal pay with male traffic wardens, even though the women claimants in this case had been transferred via TUPE to a separate LLP. In effect, the comparitors used still worked for the local authority, and the women did not, they worked for a private partnership. Employers need to be very careful when taking on outsourced work to ensure that those staff who transfer across do not have potential claims for equal pay that in some cases go back years, and can total £ millions. This particular case can be read at the following link:http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/2014CSIH27.html Back to legal...