As part of the Network's work on affordable advice our members from University House Legal Advice Centre share their resources and knowledge around legal expenses insurance and we examine how it can be used.
As part of its work around improving access to justice for individuals, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is providing a second tier advice line on discrimination and human rights issues for those supporting individuals with complaints that might involve discrimination or human rights.
All those eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds can apply from today, following a successful opening phase of the scheme. You can get a refund if you paid fees at an Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeals Tribunal between 29 July 2013 and 26 July 2017. The refund scheme comes after Ministers committed to reimbursing those who had paid employment tribunal fees following a Supreme Court judgment. The court recognised the important role fees can play, but ruled that the government had not struck the right balance in this case.
FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation) have published a Guide to Legal Remedies for Victims of Trafficking for Labour Exploitation. The guide recognises that access to legal remedies for victims of human trafficking is about more than compensation, and that access to justice relies on access to legal assistance and support. The aim of the Guide is to provide practical information that can assist service providers in informing victims about their legal options and directing them towards legal advice.
(Author: Liz Gardiner, Legal Rights Adviser at Working Families) Working Families is the UK’s work life balance charity, and provides free legal advice by telephone and email for parents and carers about their employment rights. We have a particular expertise in maternity, paternity and shared parental leave rights, and flexible working requests. We offer parents advice on their legal rights, and pragmatic guidance on negotiating solutions to problems with their employers. We are also able to offer advice on in-work benefits. We run a dedicated network for parents of disabled children who work, or wish to work. We’re happy to provide second tier advice to advisers, or to parents/carers direct on our helpline 0300 012 0312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information available from GOV.UK includes (1) Holidays, time off, sick leave, maternity and paternity leave (2) Redundancies, dismissals and disciplinaries (3) Workplace and personal pensions (4) Contracts and working hours (5) Pay, tax and the National Minimum Wage.
Citizens Advice provide information for people on their rights at work and how to solve problems. Areas covered include early conciliation, discrimination, redundancy, employment tribunals, and young people.
Online calculator from Gov.uk for calculating statutory redundancy pay.
Online calculator from Gov.uk for calculating holiday entitlement.
Assisting a Litigant in Person facing an employment tribunal? A Network member has recommended this book, which explains the whole process in clear plain language.