A month-by-month guide to key new legislation for 2013

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14th Jan 2013
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Here is a list of the key new legislation that we can expect to see over the weeks and months ahead (source - law firm, Bond Pearce):

 

  • 1 February: Employment tribunal compensation limits will increase under the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2012.
     
  •  February: Rounding up of increases to statutory redundancy payments and tribunal award limits.
  • 8 March: Implementation of the Revised Parental Leave Directive, which will increase parental leave to 18 weeks.
  •  March: Repeal of the third party harassment provisions and the abolition of discrimination questionnaires in respect of the Equality Act 2010.
  • 6 April: 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.
  •  April: New statutory payment rates to be introduced.
  •  April: The Children and Families Bill will be introduced, setting out a new system of flexible parental leave and flexible working.
  • April: The new Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedures will come into force.
  •  April: The Growth and Infrastructure Bill 2012-13 is planned to come into effect introducing the concept of employee shareholder status.
  •  April: A public interest requirement to whistleblowing disclosures will be introduced.
  • Summer: Fees will be introduced in the employment tribunal
  • Expected in 2013: Aspects of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012-13 are due to come into force including:
  • Mandatory pre-claim Acas conciliation
  • Enhanced shareholder rights regarding directors' remuneration; reform of the EHRC designed to clarify its remit, remove non-core activities and improve performance
  • Changes to employment tribunal procedure and the orders a tribunal can make
  • Pre-termination negotiations to be inadmissible in unfair dismissal proceedings
  • EAT judges to sit alone unless they direct otherwise
  • Tribunal powers to order equal pay audits.

Also due later this year are:

  • The Government's response to the annual leave aspects of the Modern Workplaces consultation.
  • The Government's response to consultation on the use of settlement agreements, including proposals on the use of a model agreement, standard letters
  • A new ACAS Code of Practice on settlements.

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