Additional employment law cover for practices

  • Date: 17 March 2020

SINCE employment tribunal fees were abolished in July 2017, there has been a significant increase in the number of UK employment tribunal claims.

The number of single claims made between July and September 2019 went up by more than a third (38 per cent) compared to the same period in 2018.

Fortunately for practices, help is at hand in MDDUS’ Legal Representation and Indemnity (LRI) package.

This product provides a number of benefits, including additional cover and assistance with employment tribunal complaints.

In cases where an employee is awarded financial compensation, following representation of a practice by our legal partners, the award will be met on the practice's behalf by MDDUS. This would provide members with a significant saving considering disability claimants have been awarded in excess of £200,000.

Employment tribunals will pay out compensation based on loss of earnings, injury to feelings and interest. There is a cap of one year’s salary on unfair dismissal cases however compensation of discrimination claims is unlimited which could have a massive financial impact on a practice.

LRI includes payment of legal costs from our external partners who are leading UK employment law specialists, with expertise in:

  • Complex grievances
  • Disciplinary issues where dismissal is a possible outcome
  • Mediation
  • Discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • Absence and capability issues, for example where the employee may be considered disabled under the Equality Act 2010
  • Redundancy and restructuring
  • Settlement agreements
  • Employment tribunal complaints.

Note that all GP/GDP employers within the group practice scheme must be a member of MDDUS to qualify for this support.

For further information, please visit the LRI information page or contact our membership department on 0333 043 0000

This page was correct at the time of publication. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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