Legal timetables

Information for CIPD members on developments in UK employment law since January 2012. Covers Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments (SIs), European Directives, Codes of Practice and future proposed legislation.

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    Children and Families Act 2014

    Royal Assent 13 March 2014. The Children and Families Act 2014 introduces a new shared parental leave and pay system and a right to time off for antenatal care, brings adoption leave and pay entitlements in line with those of birth parents and extends the right to request flexible working.

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    Defence Reform Act 2014

    Changes under the Defence Reform Act 2014 affecting reservists and their employers came into force on 1 October 2014.

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    Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

    Royal Assent 25 April 2013. The Act contains a wide variety of provisions to reform employment law, including Acas early conciliation, greater use of settlement agreements, abolition of statutory discrimination questionnaires and changes to whistleblowing protections.

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    Code of practice on handling flexible working requests

    Came into force 30 June 2014. Acas has published a statutory Code of practice on handling requests for flexible working in a reasonable manner. Good practice guidance has also been published to supplement the Code.

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    National Insurance Contributions Act 2014

    Royal Assent 13 March 2014. The National Insurance Contributions Act 2014 contains provisions to reduce the costs of employment and support small businesses, including from 6 April 2014 reducing employer national insurance contributions (NICs) bills each year by entitling every business and charity to a £2,000 Employment Allowance.

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    Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

    Royal Assent 1 May 2012. Enacts legal aid and litigation, funding reforms and changes to the sentencing and punishment of offenders.

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    Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

    Royal Assent 25 April 2013. Introduces new kind of employment status called employee shareholder status where in return for giving up certain employment rights, employees will be given between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares that are exempt from capital gains tax. The new status came into force on 1 September 2013.

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    Settlement agreements code of practice

    Coming into force on 29 July 2013. The Code of practice will support legislation under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 on pre-termination discussions.

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    Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

    Royal Assent 1 May 2012. The Act implements changes to CRB checking and checking against barred lists and the setting up of a new Disclosure and Barring Service.

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    Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Royal Assent 8 March 2012. Aims to simplify the benefits system in order to improve work incentives by removing its complexity and reducing unnecessary administration. Introduces a new Universal Credit.

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    Northern Ireland - Code of practice on time off for trade union duties and activities

    Came into force 19 April 2012. Replaces previous Code published in 2004.

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    Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

    Royal Assent 22 March 2011. Repeals the statutory grievance procedures in Northern Ireland and will introduce the right to request time off for training.