Some of the key employment law changes are the implementation of parts of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, the increase of unpaid parental leave from 13 weeks to 18 weeks; the introduction of “employee-shareholder” contracts of employment and the imposition of fees for bringing employment tribunal claims.
The timetable for the changes in 2013 is as follows:
- 1st February 2013: Tribunal compensation limits will increase under the Employment Rights Act.
- February 2013: Rounding up of increases to statutory redundancy payments and tribunal award limits.
- March 2013: Repeal of the third party harassment and the discrimination questionnaire provisions in the Equality Act 2010.
- 8 March 2013: Implementation of the Revised Parental Leave Directive.
- 1 April 2013: Charges to the funding of claims in the civil courts, including the introduction of damages based agreements.
- 6 April 2013: collective redundancy consultation period involving 100 or more employees reduced from 90 to 45 days and employees whose fixed-term contracts are due to expire excluded from consultation requirements.
- April 2013: New statutory payment rates to be introduced.
- April 2013: A public interest requirement to whistleblowing disclosures will be introduced.
- April 2013: The new Employment Tribunal Rules of procedure will come into force.
- April 2013: The Growth and Infrastructure Bill 2012-2013 is planned to come into effect introducing the concept of employee shareholder status.
- April 2013: Children and Families Bill will be introduced setting out a new system of flexible parental leave and parental working.
- Spring 2013: The Crime and Courts Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent.
- May 2013: Changes to the enforcement of gangmaster licensing and compliance.
- Summer 2013: Fees will be introduced into the employment tribunal.
Also expected in 2013, is that the following provisions in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-2013 are due to come into force:
- Mandatory pre-claim Acas conciliation.
- Enhanced shareholder rights regarding directors’ remuneration.
- Changes to Employment tribunal procedure and the orders a tribunal can make.
- EAT judges to sit alone.
- Pre-termination negotiations will be inadmissible in unfair dismissal proceedings.
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