Equal Value Hearing v NLC – Update from Hearing on 2nd July 2015
Our legal team including Daphne Romney QC attended a continued Stage 1 Equal Value Hearing on 2nd July 2015 to address the outstanding disputes regarding Clerical Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Sheltered Housing Wardens. We made robust legal submissions to avoid lengthy tribunal procedures as Equal Value hearings can take some time, especially when an Independent Expert has to be appointed to assess the claimant and comparator jobs. However the Tribunal is not obliged to appoint an expert. Our QC and the solicitor for NLC agreed that there was no requirement for an Independent Expert. The Judge then ordered that additional evidence had to be lodged with the Tribunal and further dates were listed for 17th and 18th August 2015 at the Glasgow Tribunal. She will then decide whether the Tribunal wishes to appoint an expert.
We continue to argue that claimants in the posts of Classroom Assts, Clerical Assistants and Sheltered Housing Wardens should be able to compare themselves with the higher male comparators. However if NLC maintain their present objections further procedure may be required after the August dates.
All claimants subject to this EV cases are entitled to attend these hearings. The Tribunal sits between 10 – 1pm then 2-4 pm for a full day hearing but you do not need to stay for the full hearing. The Glasgow Employment Tribunal is at 215 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7TS. Please be aware that hearings can be postponed or arrangements changed at short notice.
We will continue to update the website so please keep visiting the NLC postings regularly. If there are any matters relating to your individual case we have a professional duty to write to you. If you do not receive a letter and there is no further update on the website this is because there are no further developments. We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation.
Fox and Partners
7th July 2015