On 20 November 2013, the European Parliament adopted a legislative resolution to adopt, with amendments, the Commission's proposal for a directive on gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges.
The European Court of Human Rights has held that parental leave (including maternity and adoption leave) and related allowances promote family life and therefore come within the scope of Article 8 of the ECHR.
Payment of fees in the employment tribunals was introduced by the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order which came into force on Monday 29 July 2013. As a result any individual who wishes to make a claim at a tribunal must pay fees, for simple claims such as unlawful deductions from wages the issue cost will be £160.00 and the hearing cost will be £230.00. For more complex cases such as unfair dismissal and discrimination the cost to issue will be £250.00 and the hearing cost will be £950.00.
In the case of Lockwood v Department of Work and Pensions and another EWCA Civ 1195 Miss Lockwood began her employment with the DWP in October 1999 however, in 2007 at the age of 26 her role was redundant. As a result she took advantage of the voluntary redundancy scheme in which she received £10,849.04 for 8 years service. However, under the scheme rules, if she had been over the age of 35 with the same length of service she would have been entitled to an additional £17,690.00.
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