Changes to Jersey’s employment legislation will be explored at a ‘Mock Employment Tribunal’ to be hosted by a local law firm this week. Leading Jersey law firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is hosting the mock tribunal on Friday 19th March at The Club Hotel, starting at 9am, in conjunction with the Jersey Branch of CIPD.

Chaired and facilitated by Helen Ruelle, Senior Associate and head of Mourant du Feu & Jeune's employment practice area, the initiative will recreate aspects of a real employment tribunal.

With a team of lawyers from the firm playing various different characters, the tribunal will identify some of the key employment issues facing employers at present and, together with the audience, explore how they might be treated in a tribunal situation. The audience will be asked to vote on whether an employee has been fairly dismissed and what, if any, award he should be granted by the tribunal. Delegates will also have the opportunity to cross examine the witnesses.

Amongst the issues to come under the spotlight will be how employees might seek re-employment, reduction in tribunal awards and how the recession has brought about a change in employers' attitudes towards defending claims.

Helen Ruelle, who was recently appointed Deputy Chairman of Jersey's Employment Forum which consults and makes recommendations on employment legislation, said:

“The economic conditions of the past eighteen months have had a significant impact on employment issues for Jersey firms, with a greater potential for disputes and, in our experience, a growing number of employees bringing claims. Historically, employers have been reluctant to defend a claim all the way to a full hearing. However, employers are now much more familiar with employment legislation and should not be put off defending a claim where they have acted in accordance with the law.

“We hope that this event will bring some of these issues to life in an entertaining and practical way. We want to show employers what is really involved in attending a tribunal hearing and highlight the new powers recently afforded to the Jersey Employment Tribunal.”