Changes in Employment Law

2014-04-01 Jennifer Renney posted:

There are several key changes to employment law coming into force in April and May 2014, including the abolition of discrimination questionnaires, the introduction of mandatory pre-claim Acas conciliation, as well as increases in tribunal awards and statutory payments. The following changes to employment law come into effect on 6th April 2014:

  • Discrimination Questionnaires are to be abolished. Acas has published guidance on how employers should deal with questions regarding discrimination in the workplace after the abolition. If you need assistance with this, please get in touch with us.
  • There will be a mandatory four-step procedure for early conciliation through Acas before an employment tribunal claim can be commenced.
  • An increase in issue fees in the Employment Tribunal as a result of re-categorising certain claims (from the lower fee of £190 to the higher fee of £250).
  • The Employment Tribunal will now have the power to order a losing employer to pay a financial penalty in specified circumstances.
  • Abolition of the duty on employers to keep specified records of dates of sickness and SSP payments.
  • An increase in the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal where the date of termination falls on or after 6th April 2014 increased to £76,574 (or 52 weeks' gross pay, if lower).
  • Increase of statutory sick pay, maternity pay, paternity pay, adoption pay, and the cap on "a week's pay".
  • Increase in penalties on employers who employ illegal workers.
  • From 6th April 2014 transferee employers under TUPE regulations will have the option to match the transferor's level of employee pension contributions into a defined contribution scheme, even if they are less than the current minimum of 6%. This is to avoid the situation where employees could be in a more favourable position than they would have been if they had not transferred.
  • The TUPE regulations will be amended so that the deadline for notification of employee liability information to the transferee is increased from 14 days to 28 days. This amendment will only apply to transfers which take place on or after 1 May 2014.

For more information about these employment law changes, or to make sure your business complies with the recent changes in the law, contact us and speak to a qualified solicitor today on 01225 632240 or at info@renneyandco.com.

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