• Timetable for Changes to Employment Law 2013

    25 June 2013

    EAT hearings by judge alone (s. 12)
    No qualifying period for unfair dismissal where it relates to employee’s political opinion/affiliation (s. 13)
    Reducing the cap on the compensatory award (s. 15)
    Whistleblowing law changes – need for disclosure to be in the ‘public interest’, reducing compensation where disclosure not made in good faith, introducing vicarious liability for employers whose staff victimise whistleblowers, and extending the meaning of ‘worker’ (s. 17, 18, 19 and 20)
    Changes to various statutory payments to be made on 6 April each year (s. 22)

    Summer 2013

    Settlement agreements (s. 14). ACAS has also finalised the accompanying code of practice
    Renaming ‘compromise agreements’ as ‘settlement agreements’ (s. 23)

    1 October 2013

    Removal of the third-party harassment provisions from the Equality Act 2010 (s. 65)
    Changes to civil liability for employers who breach health and safety law (s. 69)

    6 April 2014

    ACAS early conciliation scheme (s. 7-9 and Sch. 1 and 2)
    Repeal of the discrimination questionnaires provisions in the Equality Act 2010 (s. 66)

    Start date yet to be determined

    Financial penalties for employers (s. 16 and Sch. 3) – timetable states ‘no current plans to use’

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