Keeping abreast of ever-changing employment law
There will be a raft of legislative changes, with several proposals for change also under consideration, and employers are being urged to be vigilant of law changes so as to avoid any unwanted and unexpected employment law disputes.
Changes will include:
- On February 1 maximum employment tribunal award limits will increase; for instance the unfair dismissal maximum award will rise from £72,300 to £74,200.
- The EU Parental Leave Directive will come into force before March 8 and entitlement to unpaid parental leave will increase from 13 to 18 weeks.
- The Ministry of Justice is expected to increase employment tribunal fees by summer 2013. Tribunals will gain powers to order losing parties to reimburse the fees to the successful party. A fee remission system will be put in place for parties who are unable to pay the full amount in one payment.
- By October 1 the government wants changes to directors’ pay in quoted companies introduced. This will see changes to shareholders’ influence on pay decision via greater voting rights.
There are a number of other employment law changes expected in 2013 and employers who wish to keep abreast of important new legislation are advised to seek the advice of an employment law solicitor.