Barbers could face a rise in employment cases

Published 05th Aug 2017 by Charlotte Grant-West
Barbers could face a rise in employment cases The NHF has warned that barbershop owners can expect to see a rise in employment cases against them, following a Supreme Court ruling that employment tribunal fees are unlawful.

Following the ruling on July 26th, The Ministry of Justice said it was taking “immediate steps” to stop fees being charged. Advice to barbershops include ensuring you have a proper contract of employment and a staff handbook, and to take advice on HR issues, from organisations such as the NHF.

The feels were introduced in 2013 to transfer the cost of the tribunal system from taxpayers to those who use the service, to deter people from making unworthy claims, and to promote earlier settlement of disputes. It has been reported that the result was a dramatic fall in the number of cases being brought before Employment Tribunals. The Court held that the government was acting unlawfully under both UK and EU law, with the fees having the effect of preventing access to justice.

Thousands of individuals who have paid to take employers to tribunal since the fees were introduced in 2013, are set to receive refunds costing the government more than £27 million.
Charlotte Grant-West

Charlotte Grant-West

Published 05th Aug 2017

Charlotte oversees the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. With over a decade of experience as a journalist, Charlotte was formerly Editor of Modern Barber and HJ Men, Social Editor at Netmums and Features Writer at Boots Health & Beauty magazine. She loves any products that make her hair bigger and more voluminous, and loves a behind-the-scenes peek at anything hair-related – whether it's a factory tour, BTS on a shoot or backstage at fashion week.


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