New Clause 15

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 19th February 2008.

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Employment Appeal Tribunal

In section 21(1) of the Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (jurisdiction of appeal tribunal) after paragraph (gc) insert—

“(gd) the Pensions Act 2008,”.’.—[Mr. Mike O'Brien.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Pension Reform), Department for Work and Pensions

I beg to move, That the clause be read a second time.

The new clause is technical and will allow employers and workers to appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal against decisions made by an employment tribunal relating to the right not to suffer detriment. That appeal route is available in the context of other employment rights, and not to provide it in this context would appear anomalous. It is an important point of principle that employers and workers are able to appeal against decisions relating to both the right not to suffer detriment and unfair dismissal. Their right to appeal against employment tribunal decisions relating to the right not to be unfairly dismissed is already provided for under the Employment Rights Act 1996.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.