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Employment law - changes this year?

September 08 2017

Leeds based law firm, Grahame Stowe Bateson, is Yorkshire’s leading expert in legal matters, including Employment Law, Criminal Law, Conveyancing, and Family Law.

For matters of Employment Law, as for all legal matters, Grahame Stowe Bateson recommends you choose a solicitor who can offer the very best in legal advice in this fast-changing environment.

Many employees worry that significant, and possibly detrimental Employment Law changes are likely to come into effect this year, prompted by the recent Brexit vote. HR news magazine, Personnel Today, reassures us, however, that “EU-derived legislation such as the Working Time Directive, TUPE and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will continue to apply once the UK formally leaves the union.” The magazine for those in the HR industry reports on the Repeal Bill, or European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which was published in July. This bill deals with the difficult and onerous task of bringing the multitude of formerly EU laws, including Employment Laws, into the UK statute book. Many fear that the vote to leave the EU may result in changes to Employment Law that will adversely affect employees. It is now clear that such changes are not proposed for this year, and will not directly follow on from our withdrawal from the EU.

There is some good news for Brexit-weary employees, however, as the Supreme Court has ruled in March of this year, that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful. Fees for Employment Tribunal hearings, which have been ruled to be prohibitively expensive for the average employee, must no longer be charged, and indeed, in many cases, must be refunded. This is good news for those wishing to bring a case to an Employment Tribunal, and should prompt an increase in Employment Law cases, formerly thought to be too expensive an option, for the future.

Whatever your Employment Law concern, consult the Employment Law experts, Grahame Stowe Bateson, for a professional independent expert opinion.


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