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Employment Law Reform

Posted on Tuesday, 12th March 2013 by

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2013 is set to see a great number of changes to employment law. The ethos behind the changes is based on the government desire to deregulate and simplify employment law, encouraging employers to take on employees and hopefully stimulate the economy as a result.

The key changes are listed below, but we wait to see if they will all be implemented this year.
Third-party harassment under Equality Act to be repealed

In March 2013 the Third Party harassment and discrimination questionnaire is due to be repealed meaning employers will not be able to require third parties to complete discrimination questionnaires.

Whistleblowing legislation amended 

Changes to the whistleblower legislation will mean a disclosure must, to the reasonable belief of employee, be in the public interest.

Consultation period reduces to 45 days for collective redundancy

The consultation for redundancies involving over 100 employees will reduce from 90 days to 45 days.

Pre-termination negotiations inadmissible in unfair dismissal claims

Any negotiations toward settlement of a dispute with an employee before dismissing will be inadmissible as evidence in the Employment Tribunal, provided the correct procedure is followed.

Fees for tribunal claims introduced

From Summer of 2013 fees to issue Tribunal claims will be introduced.

All potential employment Tribunal claims referred to ACAS
Proposals are being considered to require the mandatory referral of all potential claims to ACAS before a Claimant is entitled to issue a claim.

Flexible parental leave introduced
Due to come into force in 2015 this will allow parents to take time off together and share maternity leave.

At Edward Hands and Lewis our employment law department offer an initial free consultation and can provide expert advice on all areas of employment Law.

We also offer a fully insurance backed employer life raft service catering for all your employment needs. If you would like to discuss any issues please feel free to telephone Andrew Kempson or Paul Stubbs on 0116 266 5394.

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Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
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