Last week, alongside an announcement on the opening of applications for the Scottish Government's business support scheme, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced that further rules around the wearing of face coverings in Scotland were to be introduced, in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
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Generally speaking, and regardless of which party comes out on top in an Employment Tribunal case, cost awards (whereby the Employment Tribunal orders one party to pay some or all of the costs of the other) remain somewhat rare. In a recent case, however, this status quo was significantly departed from when the Employment Tribunal ordered the claimant to pay around a staggering £430,000 in costs to the respondent.
Employers and employees alike can often forget the very powerful remedy an employment tribunal has in unfair dismissal cases – the ability to order reinstatement of the claimant (to the previously held role) or re-engagement (to a different role). Indeed, the employment tribunal should consider whether it should make such an order before making an order for compensation.
'Bumping' relates to the process whereby an employee whose role within an organisation is at risk of redundancy is redeployed into an alternative role, and the individual who previously undertook that role is dismissed as redundant instead. Are employers required to give consideration to the option of bumping in every situation?
The UK Government has announced changes that mean where it is not reasonably practicable for a worker to take some, or all, of the holiday to which they are entitled due to the Coronavirus, they have a right to carry the Basic Entitlement forward into the next two leave years.