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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