On Thursday 20th September, members of the HR community gathered to gain an understanding of what occurs in Employment Tribunals.
In 2017, fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims were ruled unlawful. Since then the number of people considering bringing an employment tribunal in any given week has increased by nearly 30% according to a report by ACAS. Consequently, many more HR professionals are now being faced with Employment Tribunals, something many have never experienced before.
On Thursday 20th September, Morgan McKinley held a live mock employment tribunal for our HR community. The event was designed to help demystify proceedings and provide an insight into what will be expected of organisations and individuals when giving evidence, along with building employment law knowledge.
Lawyers from Penningtons Manches LLP took to the stage to examine an unfair dismissal case concerning the use of social media in working hours. The barristers cross-examined the witnesses and the audience were guided through each stage of the hearing, provided with advice around case preparation and management all the way through. They then listened to the panel's deliberations and were then given the opportunity to decide on the verdict, guided by the panel.
The aim of the tribunal was to educate HR Professionals on the mechanics of an Employment Tribunal in order to help prepare them for the eventuality that they may be asked to act as witnesses. One audience member described the event as especially “great for those who had not had exposure to the ways that the tribunal works” and another described it as “extremely interesting.”
Morgan McKinley HR will be running another event for our HR community on Tuesday 23rd October, based in our London offices. We will be holding a breakfast seminar in partnership with Arcadia Consulting to discuss the need to increase Female Leadership in Banking and the surrounding challenges.