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Below is a round up of the changes in employment law we can expect in the next few weeks: Employment tribunals and compensatory awards – The maximum compensatory award will increase from £74,200 to £76,574 (subject to the limit of one year’s pay which has existed since July 2013) in respect of dismissals that take place on or after 6th April 2014. Employment tribunals and a week’s pay – The maximum of a week’s pay increases from £450 to £464 in respect...

Once again, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has managed to issue a judgment that many people think fails to reflect the reality of managing workers in the real world. The judgment deals with who an employer must permit a worker to bring as a companion to a formal disciplinary or grievance hearing. The Employment Rights Act 1999 provides that a worker may ask to bring: a colleague a trade union representative, or a trade union official to such a hearing; and sets out what that companion can...