2014 promises to be another year of substantial change in employment law with changes to TUPE 2006 coming in on 31st January 2014 and mandatory pre-claim Acas conciliation (introduced under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013) in April. It is also expected that in autumn, the Children and Families Bill 2012-13 to 2013-14 will introduce the right to request flexible working.
The following changes are expected in 2014:-
- 31 January 2014-the TUPE amendment regulations come into force.
- 6 April 2014-Discrimination questionnaires to be abolished.
- 6th April 2014-Mandatory pre-claim ACAS conciliation will be introduced under ERRA 2013. In terms of this ACAS will have a duty to try and conciliate in all cases prior to a claim being presented to the Employment Tribunal.
- 6th April 2014-Financial penalties for losing employers to be imposed by tribunals are expected to come into force.
- 6th April 2014-Abolition of statutory sick pay record-keeping in favour of giving employers the discretion to use a system which suits them.
- 6th April 2014-Legislation for onshore and offshore employment intermediaries expected to come into force.
- Spring 2014-New approach to sickness absence management to be introduced with the introduction of a health and work assessment and advisory service.
- October 2014-Annual increase to national minimum wage rates.
- October 2014-The Children and Families Bill will alter the Employment Rights Act 1996 to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks of service. This change was expected on 6 April but has been delayed. A new date has still to be announced but this is likely to be October. We will update once we receive confirmation of this date.
Also expected in 2014 are regulations giving tribunals the power to order an employer to carry out an equal pay audit.
For more information on this, please contact us on 01483 303636.
James Haley, Solicitor & Director, Just Employment Ltd.