Employment Law Changes: 2014 and beyond…
2013 has been a busy period for employment law and this looks set to continue going forward into the New Year as a number of further changes are due to come into force. We understand most of you will not have the time (or inclination!) to want to trawl through long and tedious pieces of legislation and we therefore summarise below the main changes to be aware of:
- January 2014 - Changes to the TUPE regulations are set to come into force.
- 6 April 2014 - ACAS early concilation for intended tribunal claims to be implemented. Repeal of discrimination questionnaire provisions; these will be replaced with an informal approach set out in ACAS guidance. Penalties in Employment Tribunals (between a minimum of £100 and a maximum of £5,000) will be introduced for employers who lose a tribunal.
- October 2014 - Employment tribunals will have the power to order equal pay audits where an employer is found guilty of gender pay discrimination.
- 2014 - State funded occupational health assessments for employees who are off sick for more than four weeks to be implemented. Right to request flexible working is to be extended to all employees.
- Changes to be made to adoption leave and pay.
- Shared parental leave and pay to be introduced in April 2015.
- Intended parents of babies born to surrogates are to get rights to adoption and shared parental leave and pay.
If you require further advice on any of the issues above, please contact a member of the Spencer Wyatt team on 020 7925 8080.