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August 01, 2014

Also in the news this week – 1 August 2014

Tribunal fees hit vulnerable employees, says TUC

The introduction of employment tribunal fees has been a “huge victory” for Britain’s worst bosses and has led to a sharp decline in the number of claims, according to the TUC. Since the introduction of fees of up to £1,200 in July 2013, the number of claims brought to tribunal has fallen by 79% according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Justice. The TUC says many vulnerable groups are being “priced out of justice,” with women and low-paid workers most affected. Over the past year, there has been an 80% fall in the number of women pursuing sex discrimination claims.

Going green back on the business agenda

More businesses are seeing green technology as a smart business investment according to new research by V1. It has found that 98% of UK senior executives believe that “going green” is back on the business agenda following years of austerity. More than two-thirds of survey respondents (70%) said although the recession has had a dampening effect on the amount their organisations invested in green technologies, the outlook is now more positive. V1 managing director, Janette Martin, said: “Organisations are once again feeling confident enough to invest in their green agendas.”

Vast majority of company car drivers fake mileage

Nine out of ten company car drivers are faking their driving miles, according to Flexed.co.uk. While some are committing fraud by logging their private driving as business miles, others are simply too lazy to record their driving habits accurately. The survey of 1,200 company car drivers found that 89% said they had submitted an inaccurate mileage claim in the past, 63% had added personal miles to their total for personal gain, and 36% didn't keep accurate records of the business and private mileage. Mark Hall of Flexed.co.uk said: “While it's difficult for companies to do anything about it, it could only be a matter of time before central government demands in-car black boxes to keep an eye on commercial vehicle use.”

Thousands of UK employers take up the new Employment Allowance

Over 725,000 UK employers are now benefiting from the Employment Allowance across the UK according to government data. The Employment Allowance is a reduction in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) that an employer pays on their employees, and is worth up to £2,000 for eligible businesses and charities. Announced at Budget 2013, businesses can claim by confirming their eligibility for the allowance through their regular payroll processes.