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January 2015 Update

Fox and Partners are prepared for another busy year ahead.

Summer 2015 will see the 10th Anniversary of the first mass equal pay cases against Scottish Local Authorities. We are doing everything in our power to bring these cases to a successful conclusion – this year if possible! We have updated the website for each area listed below and posted Tribunal hearing dates where these are listed. If no hearing dates are listed this often means that we are in discussions behind the scenes and we will post an update when there are any further developments. We appreciate the continued patience and cooperation of our many thousands of claimants. We are experts in this field and we ensure that we do everything possible to represent your interests.

We remain hopeful that 2015 will also see the abolition of unfair Employment Tribunal Fees which have restricted access to justice for so many people. We were mentioned in a recent Report by the Business and Transport Committee of the House of Commons on 12th January 2015 for our efforts in our JR to challenge the introduction of the fees regime. The proposals in the recent Smith Commission are to devolve the administration of Employment Tribunals to Scotland. This would be a very positive step forward and hopefully will also lead to the end of such fees.

If you do experience problems at work this year it is important to take early advice to protect your position. Don’t be put off by ET fees. If you are treated unfairly or suffering discrimination then click on the button on our Home Page and send us an initial enquiry. We are here to help.

We are here to make your rights a reality.

Carol Fox

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19th January 2015 – Joint Statement – Loudon & Others V North Lanarkshire Council

The Employment Judge and the Tribunal has today granted an adjournment of the Tribunal hearing due to take place this week until the future date listed on 23 March 2015. This position is agreed by Fox and Partners, UNISON, Unite and North Lanarkshire Council. This adjournment will allow time for discussions with a view to achieving a settlement, following positive talks last week.

The parties will issue a further statement when we are in a position to do so. For the moment we appreciate your continued co-operation and patience.

Carol Fox
Fox and Partners

Update 15th January 2015 – Equal pay cases v Midlothian Council

EV cases

Having being involved in lengthy settlement discussions with Midlothian Council we have now concluded and have written to claimants individually to advise them of the settlement reached. We are currently only waiting on a small number of claims being finalized and payment made. We are taking steps to withdraw cases from the Employment Tribunal and are unable to take on any new cases.

Update 15th January 2015 – Equal pay cases v Clackmannanshire Council

2nd wave cases

We represent 20 claimants with on-going equal pay cases against Clackmannanshire Council.  We are keen to enter into settlement discussions with the Council however, to date, no offers of settlement have been forthcoming.  We have attended a Preliminary Hearing in the Glasgow Employment Tribunal on 1st December 2014 and a further Preliminary Hearing has been set for 1st February 2015.  We are continually chasing the Council for settlement offers in order to bring this matter to a close. If the Council make settlement offers we have a professional duty to write to you. In the meantime we ask for your continued patience and cooperation. Please keep checking our website which will be updated when there are further developments which we can share.

Update 15th January 2015 – Equal pay cases v Aberdeenshire Council

EV and 2nd wave cases

We represent 53 claimants with on-going equal pay cases against Aberdeenshire Council.  We are keen to enter into settlement discussions with the Council however, to date, no offers of settlement have been forthcoming.  If the Council make settlement offers we have a professional duty to write to you. In the meantime we ask for your continued patience and cooperation. Please keep checking our website which will be updated when there are further developments which we can share.

Update 15th January 2015 – Equal pay cases v Perth & Kinross City Council

First wave cases

Having being involved in lengthy settlement discussions with Perth & Kinross Council we have now concluded and have written to claimants individually to advise them of the settlement reached. We are in the process of finalizing matters with the council and securing payment for these claimants. We will shortly conclude all cases against Perth & Kinross Council and will not lodge any new cases against the council.

Update 15th January 2015 – Equal pay cases v East Dunbartonshire Council

EV cases

We represent 18 claimants with on-going equal pay cases against East Dunbartonshire Council.  There are no dates listed at present and parties have agreed to postpone future hearings to allow settlement discussions to take place. We have been in contact with the Council and discussions have been taking place. While we are in discussions it is not always possible to make public statements on the website. If the Council make settlement offers we have a professional duty to write to you. In the meantime we ask for your continued patience and cooperation. Please keep checking our website which will be updated when there are further developments which we can share.

Update 15th January 2015 – Equal pay cases v West Lothian Council

2nd wave cases

We represent 117 claimants with on-going equal pay cases against West Lothian Council.  There are no dates listed at present although we have requested a Preliminary Hearing. At present the Council are refusing to enter settlement discussions on 2nd wave but this may change. We will keep you advised and update once dates for the Preliminary Hearing are received. In the meantime we ask for your continued patience and cooperation. Please keep checking our website which will be updated when there are further developments which we can share.