Upcoming changes to Employment Legislation
28th January, 2013
1 February 2013: increase in compensation limits and maximum amount of a week’s pay
The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2012 (SI 2012/3007) increases the compensation limits applicable to certain awards of Employment Tribunals, and other amounts payable under employment legislation. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissals will increase from £72,300 to £74,200. The maximum amount of a week’s pay will increase from £430 to £450. The minimum basic award for certain unfair dismissals (dismissals for reasons of trade union membership or activities, health and safety duties, pension scheme trustee duties or acting as an employee representative) will increase from £5,300 to £5,500.
February 2013: change to the rounding up of annual adjustments
Clause 17 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-2013 is to amend section 34 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 so that annual adjustments to various awards (including a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating statutory redundancy pay and the basic award for unfair dismissal) will be rounded up to the nearest £1 instead of the nearest £10.
March 2013: abolition of liability for third-party harassment
Section 40(2)-(4) of the Equality Act 2010 will be repealed by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-2013 which imposes a liability on employers for harassment of their employers by third parties over whom they do not have direct control such as customers and suppliers.
March 2013: abolition of the discrimination questionnaire procedure
In March 2013 a further change will be made to the Equality Act 2010 due to the Government’s wish to cut “red tape”. Section 138 of the Equality Act 2010 will be repealed, meaning the abolition of the discrimination questionnaire procedure for obtaining information.
March 2013: UK implementation of the Parental Leave EU Directive (2010/18/EU)
The UK will implement the Parental Leave EU Directive in March 2013 which will increase the amount of unpaid parental leave that can be taken per child from 13 weeks to 18 weeks. The maximum paid amount of parental leave will continue to be limited to 4 weeks per year.
For any information regarding upcoming Employment Law changes please contact Helen Watson at [email protected] or call 01244 405565.
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