2013 - All Change for Employment Law?

January 2013

2013 is set to be an interesting year for all those concerned with Employment law, with a number of changes expected to be introduced this year, including:

  • a week’s pay is increased from £430 to £450 for any dismissals taking place from 1 February 2013
  • the statutory discrimination procedure is to be abolished with effect from March 2013, although employees will still be able to request information from employers and any responses, or lack of response, will still be taken into account by the Employment Tribunals 
  • parents are to have the right to 18 week’s parental leave per child from March 2013 (up from the current 13 weeks per child)
  • protection is only to be afforded to whistleblowers who make disclosures that can reasonably be said to be in the ‘public interest’ from April 2013
  • the consultation period for collective redundancies of 100 or more employees is to be reduced from 90 days to 45 days, expected from April 2013
  • there is to be a new cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal expected in Spring 2013 of £74,200 or one year’s pay, whichever is the lower
  • from Summer 2013 any offers of settlement are to be inadmissible as evidence in any subsequent unfair dismissal claim unless the employer acted ‘improperly’ 
  • fees are to be introduced in the Employment Tribunals from July 2013, along with new practice rules

These are just some of the changes expected this year. Additionally, the Government has recently published consultation on proposed changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE 2006”). Although at a very early stage, it is likely that the ‘service provision change’ coverage will be repealed. This is not likely to happen in the immediate future, however, and, in the meantime, employers should continue to apply TUPE 2006 in its current form.

If you need advice on any aspect of Employment law or assistance with Employment Tribunal proceedings, please contact us on  01296 318500.