Good afternoon, here is today’s latest HR and employment law news.
Employment tribunal numbers remain stable – Personnel Today
The number of employment tribunal claims only rose very slightly during the period between April and June this year, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Justice.
With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that tribunal fees are unlawful, this relative stability in claims may not last, as more employees decide to bring claims without the barrier of fees.
Pensions Regulator in first auto-enrolment prosecution – Personnel Today
The Pensions Regulator is bringing the first pensions auto-enrolment prosecution over allegations that a bus company and its managing director deliberately avoided enrolling staff into a workplace pension scheme.
The UK’s workplace pensions watchdog is accusing bus company Stotts Tours of failing to comply with its legal obligations in relation to enrolling 36 members of staff in a pension scheme.
MPs have called for the current three-month time limit to bring certain employment tribunal claims to be extended.
Speaking in parliament yesterday, Mike Penning, Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead and former minister in the Ministry of Justice, argued that the time limit should be extended to six months to offer more flexibility to those who had left employment under difficult circumstances.