Monday, 7 July 2008

Dispute Resolution (and other) Consultations

The government has published its consultation paper seeking views on amendments to the dispute resolution and other employment law matters.

The matters under consultation include:-

  • extending the definition of a 'relevant advisor' who can sign off a compromise agreement (to include CIPD members);
  • changing the current position on interest accruing on tribunal awards;
  • broader powers for tribunals to make recommendations in discrimination cases;
  • introducing a procedure for chairman to make decisions on the papers only, without a hearing, in
  • certain jurisdictions (with the parties' consent);
  • adding Holiday Pay to the list of jurisdictions normally heard by a chairman sitting alone;
  • clarifying the 'withdrawal' and 'dismissal' provisions of rule 25;
  • revised ET1 and ET3 forms;
  • transitional provisions for the abolition of the statutory dismissal and grievance procedures.

The closing date for responses to the Consultation Paper is 26 September 2008.

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