Workers priced out of access to justice

27 January 2016

IER Editorial Team

LAST week’s revelations that only 18 fines for negligent or malicious employment practices have been levied since 2014 show that the employment tribunal system is failing to deter bad practice. With only £18,000 in fines handed out since 2014, the evidence suggests that the worst bosses need not fear punitive action; in fact, with the huge barriers workers face in accessing justice, employers as a whole have reason to believe they will never end up at tribunal at all.

It’s official: inequality, climate change and social polarisation are bad for you

20 January 2017

By Professor Jonathan Michie, Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Oxford

This year's Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum warns that rising income inequality and societal polarisation could create further problems if urgent action isn’t taken -– and that’s after the car-crash that was 2016. Amen to that. It is somehow appropriate that the report is published just days after the death of Tony Atkinson, the social scientist who did more than any other to point to the importance of income inequality as an issue, and to argue that action could and should be taken.

Another attack on access to justice for workers injured at work

20 January 2017

By Hazards Campaign

An update from the Hazards Campaign and Philip Liptrot of Thompsons Solicitors regarding the Small Claims Limit proposals.

Proposed Employment Tribunal reform will not fix failing system

14 December 2016

By Andrew Moretta, World of Work PhD student, The University of Liverpool

Some 18 months after the Ministry of Justice review on employment tribunal fees was announced, and six months after a Commons Select Committee Report on fees recommended that the government 'substantially reduce the fees' (and publish the review), we still have yet to see anything. It seems likely that the government prefers to postpone the inevitable political embarrassment, and it may well be that we will have to wait until the transfer of responsibility for tribunals to the Scottish Government (which plans to abolish fees) is imminent before the review is published.

New barriers to small injury claims could have a grave impact on workers

13 December 2016

By Andrew Moretta, World of Work PhD student, The University of Liverpool

The government appears intent upon saving the insurance industry costs in excess of £1 billion a year – a saving which is believed likely to result in a £200 million increase in profits for the already stupendously rich insurance companies.

Where Are The Workers In The Government’s Supposed Review Of Workers’ Rights?

08 December 2016

By Sarah Glenister, National Development Office, Institute of Employment Rights

When taking on the mantle of prime minister this summer, Theresa May attempted to rebrand the Tories as “the party of workers” and two new reviews last week ostensibly serve to back this up with action. But one key stakeholder in her apparent fight for workers’ rights is missing — workers.

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