• Commencement Dates Announced for Key Changes to Employment Law

    BIS has issued a press release containing commencement dates for some of the changes introduced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 , which received Royal Assent yesterday.

    On 25 June 2013 the following will come into force:-

    the new tribunal procedural rules (final version not yet available)

    changes to whistleblowing laws (introducing a public interest element, removing the requirement that the disclosure must be made in good faith, imposing vicarious liability on employers for detriments by employees on other workers)

    removing the 2-year qualifying period for unfair dismissal where the main reason for dismissal is the employee’s political opinions or affiliations.

    Commencement dates are still awaited for:-
    confidential termination negotiations (expected summer 2013)
    new caps on the compensatory award (expected summer 2013)
    fees for bringing tribunal claims (expected summer 2013)
    employee shareholder status (expected 1 September 2013)
    changes to TUPE (expected October 2013)
    Acas early conciliation (expected 2014)
    financial penalties for employers (expected 2014)
    changes to Equality Act (no indications known)

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