This is a little bit late! but I’ve added as it refers to the abolition of Tribunal fees.

Employment tribunals. In a momentous decision, the Supreme Court declared that employment tribunal and EAT fees are unlawful under domestic and EU Law. The Court quashed the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (SI 2013/1893) on the basis that it prevents access to justice. The effect is that all fees paid since 29 July 2013 will be reimbursed by the government and fees are no longer payable for future claims. The government has accepted the ruling and is putting in place systems for reimbursing all fees paid to date.

Gig economy. The long-awaited Taylor Report was published. It makes recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of atypical workers and individuals working in the gig economy, including to rename “workers” who are not “employees” as “dependent contractors” and to give dependent contractors additional rights. At this stage, there is no immediate practical impact of the report on employers and we will report on consultations to change the law as they are published, which could be as early as Autumn 2017.

Discrimination. The ECJ found that Italian law permitting the use of zero hours contracts for young workers with automatic dismissal at age 25 was not unlawful age discrimination. The court concluded that in the context of a difficult economic climate the Italian government had a legitimate aim of facilitating the entry of young people to the labour market and its means of doing so were appropriate and necessary.



Pensions. The Supreme Court confirmed that same-sex partners are entitled to equal survivors’ pension benefits. The court also held that benefits should be calculated on the basis of full pensionable service, including service prior to the implementation date of the Equal Treatment Framework Directive . The decision finally clarifies the position for same-sex survivors’ pensions, an issue which has been outstanding since this claim was first decided by an employment tribunal in 2012.