Key employment dates for this year

There will be a number of significant changes to employment law over the next 12 months and beyond. Here are some of the key dates to diarise:

 

31 January 2014 – TUPE changes

 

The Government has proposed changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, which are due to come into force on 31 January 2014. The changes are outlined in further detail in our recent post.

 

6 April 2014 – Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

 

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 will introduce various changes on 6 April 2014. These include:

 

Mandatory pre-claim ACAS conciliation

The repeal of the statutory discrimination questionnaire procedure

Potential financial penalties for employers who lose at Employment Tribunal. The financial penalty will be half the amount of the total award made by the Employment Tribunal, with a minimum of Ł100 and a maximum of Ł5,000.

6 April 2014 – Right to request flexible working

 

The Children and Families Bill extends the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ qualifying service.

 

6 April 2014 – Statutory pay

 

The rates of statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay are due to increase. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is also due to increase.

 

The Government is also due to abolish the SSP record-keeping obligations and allow employers to keep records in a flexible manner which best suits their organisation.

 

October 2014 – Equal pay audits

Employment Tribunals will have the power to order an employer to carry out an equal pay audit where it has breached equal pay legislation. The Government has indicated that this will come into force in October 2014.