The Supreme Court has ruled Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful and have been withdrawn with immediate effect.

All employees will now have access to a free tribunal system, and it’s anticipated that there will be a sharp rise in the number of claims as a direct result. This places employers at much greater risk of having tribunal claims brought against them as financial restrictions no longer exist.

Employers are therefore recommended to ensure they have robust and consistent HR procedures in place, and a good starting point is to make certain that all contractual terms and conditions and policies are up to date. Equally, it’s also vital that line managers are familiar with company procedures and have received the necessary training, in particular with regard to disciplinaries and grievances.

How can we help? Providing professional, cost-effective advice, Smith Cooper HR is currently offering a free HR audit to get you started and will provide you with a plan outlining the practical support on documentation and training that is required.

We believe in pragmatic HR – offering real world solutions, not textbook ones. Working largely with clients who have HR needs but cannot justify the expense of a full or part-time HR resource, we offer a virtual HR service which you can access as and when you need to.

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