6 April 2014:
- Discrimination questionnaires abolished although employees can still ask questions and a tribunal can draw negative inferences from a refusal to respond.
- Pre-claim Acas conciliation introduced on an optional basis.
- Financial penalties for losing employers can now be imposed by tribunals of up to £5000.
- Abolition of Statutory Sick Pay record-keeping.
- Re-classification as "Type B" claims for a number of types of claim to correct earlier errors in the legislation. In effect, it means that some claims now attract higher tribunal fees.
- The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases to £76,574. The maximum amount of a week's pay used to calculate redundancy payments also increases to £464.
1 May 2014:
- The period in which transferors must provide Employee Liability Information under TUPE will increase from 14 to 28 days before the transfer.
6 May 2014:
- Acas early conciliation scheme becomes mandatory 30 June 2014. The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees
31 July 2014:
- Changes to the obligations to inform and consult for micro-businesses will apply to TUPE transfers.
1 October 2014:
- Fathers and partners will be able to take time off to attend up to two antenatal appointments.
- Increase to national minimum wage to £6.50 an hour for adult rates.
Important Cases To Note:
- Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates van Winkelhof, awaiting the determination of the Supreme Court as to whether a member of an LLP can also be considered a ‘worker’. The status of ‘worker’ is important because it imposes certain employment related rights, including those in relation to whistleblowing protection.
- USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (in administration) and another UKEAT/0547/12 case referred to the ECJ, to determine the issue of what amounts to an ‘establishment’ when carrying out collective consultation requirements.
- R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor and another  EWHC 218 (Admin). Unison has announced its intention to pursue an appeal against the refusal to allow a judicial review into the introduction of employment tribunal fees. The government has given a Great Britain-wide undertaking that if fees are found to be unlawful, all fees will be repaid with interest.
Sarah Rushton (email@example.com)
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