Thursday, 21 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Monday, 28 January 2013
The Director of Public Prosecutions has issued guidelines for use by the Crown Prosecution Service when considering whether different types of communicated content might give grounds for prosecution.
This Alpha briefing highlights the risks all employees should be aware of when using e-mail and the internet at work, sending work related e-mails or discussing the workplace on the internet.
If you require further information about this, please contact us.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
1st February 2013
Tribunal compensation limits will increase from £72,300 to £74,200.
Maximum Limit on a week’s pay will increase from £430 to £450.
Annual adjustments to various employment awards (including a week's pay for the purposes of calculating statutory redundancy payments and the basic award for unfair dismissal) will be rounded up to the nearest £1.
8th March 2013
Implementation of the Revised Parental Leave Directive - The regulations will increase the amount of unpaid parental leave that can be taken per child from 13 to 18 weeks. Unpaid parental leave will continue to be limited to a maximum of four weeks per year.
Repeal of the third party harassment and the discrimination questionnaire provisions in the Equality Act 2010.
6th 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.
Statutory sick pay will increase from £85.85 to £86.70, with the weekly earnings threshold also rising from £107 to £109.
7th April 2013
The standard rates for statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay will increase from £135.45 to £136.78. The weekly earnings threshold for these payments will rise from £107 to £109.
A public interest requirement to whistleblowing disclosures will be introduced - an individual cannot bring "a whistleblowing case which relates to matters such as a personal contractual breach that are not in the public interest".
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill 2012-13 is planned to come into effect introducing the concept of employee shareholder status.
The Children and Families Bill will be introduced setting out a new system of flexible parental leave and flexible working.
Fees will be introduced into the employment tribunal.
The following provisions in the The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 are due to come into force :
• Mandatory pre-claim Acas conciliation.
• Enhanced shareholder rights regarding directors' remuneration.
• Reform the EHRC.
• 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.
Employment Law Reform Announcements
On 17 January 2013, the government made a number of announcements on its ongoing employment law reform programme. The key developments are: