2013 Employment Law Changes – 10 Things You Need To Know

10th January 2013

As an employer, it’s imperative to stay on top of rapidly changing legislation. 2013 is no different in bringing with it more than a few new changes. Here is a guide to the top 10 key updates:
1.) The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will implement reforms to the employment tribunal system. This allows “protected conversations” between employers and employees concerning the termination of employment under an agreement and grants the secretary of state power to alter the limit on the unfair dismissal compensatory award.

2.) The limit on the amount of this compensatory award is rising on 1st February.

3.) Employee-shareholder contracts are being introduced which give employees shares in a company in return for waiving certain employment rights.

4.) On 8th March, the right to unpaid parental leave will increase from 13 to 18 weeks.

5.) CRB checks (now called DBS checks) become portable between employers from March.

6.) On 6th April, the period of consultations concerning 100 or more redundancies will be reduced from 90 days to 45 days.

7.) Beginning on 6th April, employers will have to use real-time information to report payroll deductions prior or present to the action.

8.) April will also see increases in statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay.

9.) Employees can look forward to a rise in statutory sick pay in April.

10.) In the summer, a fee for bringing a claim to employment tribunal will be introduced. An initial fee will exist to issue the claim and an additional cost for the hearing.

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