The Employment Tribunal process – What you need to know
Welcome to the first episode of our two-part series on employment tribunals. In this podcast Employment experts Clive Dobbin, Claire Merritt and Andrew Willshire cover the key steps in presenting a tribunal claim, and what employers should do in response to a claim.
What is ACAS early consiliation and what do you need to do? We chat through how this process can help you address issues early and how ACAS can mediate.
More information: www.acas.org.uk/early-conciliation
What is our advice for employers about ACAS early consiliation? Should you engage and what are the benefits?
Are ACAS overburdened and what are the implications?
We cover how an employee presents a claim to the tribunal and what documents are required.
Access an ET1 form: www.gov.uk/government/publicat…t-tribunal-form-et1
We discuss what makes a claim acceptable
How much detail should an employee include in the claim? They must be concise and clear.
Should you attach documents in your initial claim submission?
What happens when you receive a claim as an employer? There are strict deadlines in this process, so explain the importance of this.
Our experts guide you through submitting an ET3 form, verifying the information that the employee has submitted, and when you have your opportunity to submit your version of numbers, dates etc.
When should you be instructing a solicitor and information gathering and submitting your response?
So the claim and response have been submitted – what happens now? We also discuss when a preliminary hearing is necessary.
Who attends a preliminary hearing?
What evidence do you need to defend a claim? We also discuss the process of ‘disclosure’ – what is this and how long does it take?
Our experts talk through the role of witness evidence
What should you do if you feel there are documents missing in the disclosure?
Employment tribunal costs – can you reclaim costs if you are successful in defending your claim?
Reaching a settlement – our lawyers answer key questions such as what options are there for settlement once a claim has been presented? Are settlements always done through ACAS?
The role of mediation – how does it work through the employment tribunal process, and how successful is judicial mediation?
How has COVID-19 affected the employment tribunal process? We know the employment tribunal is struggling to cope at the moment, so how does this affect when a final hearing can happen?
Performance management process: getting it right in your business
In our latest employment law podcast, where employment law experts Claire Merritt and Tabytha Cunningham dive into the complex topic of performance management. They explore and advise on how to manage poor performance, why its so important, the key components of a good performance management process and how to address concerns.
Why is performance management important? Good performance management leads to better productivity, open communication and allows managers to identify, and more importantly resolve issues.
How has performance management been affected by the pandemic? Good performance management is difficult at the best of times, and the pandemic had led many businesses to be in survival mode which means performance management slips off the radar.
What are the key components of performance management processes? The important things to remember are to be continuous, and have structure.
Claire and Tabytha discuss the importance of tailoring targets and performance criteria for individuals.
How do you set up a performance management process? Its not plain sailing! There is no ‘one size fits all’ but employers should focus on making it realistic, and investing in managers is key.
Claire and Tabytha discuss how important it is to set goals and targets that are appropriate.
How to use your system to manage those poorly performing – remember the aim is always improvement, not dismissal.
How to identify the reasons for poor performance. This could be anything from training requirements to personal issues. Managing this is an important part of good performance management.
Claire and Tabytha discuss how formal and informal performance management processes can be used together, and how they can serve different purposes.
What happens when an employee’s performance does not improve, despite a robust procedure?
Claire and Tabytha tackle a common question: how long do you set targets for?
Managing Mental Health at Work
Employment experts Tabytha Cunningham and Claire Merritt answer the common questions managers have managing mental health at work. The pandemic has made it even more difficult to spot the signs of poor mental health, so how can we make sure we are being proactive as employers?
01:55 What do we mean by managing mental ill health at work?
03:56 When are employers liable for work related stress? What are the risk factors and where do employers stand?
07:00 What proactive steps can managers take to improve mental health of staff?
11:03 What does it mean to be a mental health first aider?
12:05 When is poor mental health classed as a disability?
16:26 If someone is disabled, what adjustments should you make?
18:42 What should potential triggers or warning signs should managers look out for?
24:08 What should a manager do when an employee discloses a mental health problem?
26:20 How best to manage poor performance related to mental ill health
Managing and supporting mental health at work with Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/useful-resources/
Is Your Solicitor Playing To Win?
Do your lawyers have the knowledge to win your case? There are many avenues your solicitor could go down to ensure you win, and keep costs down. Partner Helen Brown explores this.
00:40 What normally happens when you have a commercial dispute? Helen describes the situation you want to avoid
01:30 Helen considers some of the tactical mistakes that are made during a commercial dispute resolution process
01:47 Helen suggests some ideas to think about when you are going through a commercial dispute, how can you ensure you win?
A Guide To Settlement Agreements
Employment Solicitor Sarah Hayes takes us through a guide to settlement agreements. Why are they beneficial? What should you need to know and what are the practical steps that need to be taken for them to be legally binding?
00:28 What is a settlement agreement? Sarah defines what it means
00:48 What is the purpose of a settlement agreement and what will include
01:15 There are various benefits of having a settlement agreement – Sarah talks through what these are
02:00 How long does it take to agree the terms of a settlement agreement?
02:40 It is important to see a solicitor if you are issued with a settlement agreement – Sarah talks about how this works in practice
04:06 What happens if you want to negotiate the terms of your agreement and do you have to sign the agreement? Sarah explains in detail and what the implications are for you.
04:45 How do you know if you’re getting a fair deal?
05:30 What is the typical time frame for payments being made?
How To Resolve Commercial Disputes Without Going To Court
How do you settle commercial disputes without going to court? Mediation can hold the key. In his latest podcast, Managing Partner Peter Taylor explains what mediation is and how it applies to commercial disputes.
00:28 What is mediation? Peter defines what happens
01:00 How successful is mediation statistically and what is the role of the nominated mediator?
01:27 Mediation can be particularly useful when parties need to maintain a relationship. Peter talks through when this might be the case
01:43 Peter talks about the wider benefits of mediation as opposed to the courts.
02:26 What happens if a dispute is not settled in a mediation?
02:49 Are there any disadvantages to mediation?
03:42 What is the process in mediation? Peter explains the stages which parties go through step by step
05:55 What happens when a settlement is agreed? When is this legally binding?
06:58 What does a settlement through mediation feel like?
Decision Making For Vulnerable Young Adults
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Families with a vulnerable child will face many difficult decisions. In our latest podcast, we aim to offer bite size legal advice to help these families. Partner Elizabeth Power talks through what options are available with regards to decision making when these vulnerable children turn 18.
00:50 How does the role of a parent change when a vulnerable child turns 18?
02:00 Elizabeth talks about how frustrating it can be for parents to communicate with medical professionals once a vulnerable child turns 18
02:15 What happens when a professional assesses the young person? Elizabeth talks through using the example of getting consent for dental work
03:35 What decision making options are available for parents? Elizabeth talks through what the documentation all means
04:56 What are the key parts of the Mental Capacity Act, 2005 you should understand as parent? Elizabeth explains they key principles
05:50 Applying to the Court of Protection and Deputies – Elizabeth talks through how this process works and when this happens
08:22 Contact us for more information – how we can help in this difficult situation
Can Employees Be Made To Wear Heels To Work?
Recent media coverage around dress code at work has sparked examination into the guidance available for employers; what legal principles do you need to know before making any changes to dress code policy? Solicitor Sarah Hayes discusses.
00:30 Sarah talks about recent media coverage from Japan around workplace dress codes – what can we learn from this?
01:25 Sarah examines a recent example from the UK
02:00 Sarah talks about the Equality Act – are there gaps?
02:30 New guidance is published for employers and employees – how are these applied in practice?
03:10 What does this mean for employers and what should you consider if revising your dress code policy?
Do You Always Have To Sell The Family Home To Pay For Care Fees?
It is often assumed that selling the family home is the only way to pay for care fees as this is often the biggest asset; however this is not always the case. Legal Assistant Ashleigh Bryant talks through the key legal principles you should be aware of if you are in this situation.
00:40 Why it is important that you know the basic principles?
00:50 Ashleigh talks though Property Disregards and how these works
01:21 Ashleigh goes into more detail about 12 week Property Disregard
01:50 Ashleigh considers deprivation of assets – how does this work?
02:30 Summary and where to go if you have questions
Housing Crisis Part 1: Accessible Housing Providers – Peter Kershaw
Planning Consultant Peter Kershaw looks at the housing crisis in his first podcast. He explores how accessible housing providers can provide their long term investment planning for elderly and disabled housing schemes.
00:35 Peter introduces his podcast by reflecting on a comment by Winston Churchill
01:20 Peter considers the impact of the lack of lack of appropriate housing being built in the last few years
02:00 What do stakeholders need to do to combat these issues?
02:40 Peter explores the survey findings from Ipsos MORI social research institute: public perceptions of accessible housing
07:24 Peter considers the demographic in more detail by looking at research conducted by The Centre for Ageing better about how people experience later life
09:49 Peter looks at what should stakeholders consider and the key things to remember
10:47 Peter talks about various organisations that exist that can assist stakeholders in their future investment decisions
12:54 Peter concludes and summarises
Can An Employee Enforce A Discretionary Bonus?
By looking at a previous real world example, Aleksandra Golat from our Employment law department answers the question, can an employee enforce payment of a discretionary bonus?
00:43 When can employees enforce a discretionary bonus, what must they do?
01:00 Aleksandra discusses the case of Bluestone Medical Recruitment
03:05 What factors need to be considered by the employer and the employee?
03:45 What can we learn from this case? How should employers take this in practice?
Legal Mythbusting – The “Common Law Spouse”
With cohabiting couples the fastest growing family type in England and Wales, the rights and responsibilities surrounding cohabitation are of growing importance to couples who are (or are looking to) cohabit. The myth goes that after a qualifying period of cohabitation (usually thought to be either 2 or 5 years) cohabitants acquire the rights and responsibilities of marriage in the eyes of the law.
However, this is not the case and is very misleading as to the reality of the legal position. Listen to our podcast from Family Solicitor Danielle Taylor to hear all about the truths behind this legal myth
00:45 What myths do people believe about cohabitation? Dani introduces the myth of the ‘Common Law spouse’
01:07 How does legislation define cohabitation? The misleading language that fuels misconceptions: Dani explains what this really means in the eyes of the law
01:47 What constitutes a cohabitant?
02:17 What happens when a your relationship breaks down with the person you live with? Where do you stand and what are the risks?
03:20 The court jurisdiction: how can they divide assets?
03:45 Dani explores where you stand legally when children are involved and child maintenance
04:36 Dani explains what you can do to protect yourself under the current laws if you are a cohabitant – what should you agree on before you commit financially?
07:35 Dani concludes, what are the three things you should do before you move in together