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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Royal Assent 1 May 2012. Enacts legal aid and litigation, funding reforms and changes to the sentencing and punishment of offenders.
Acas has published the responses to its consultation on a new draft Code of Practice on the extension of the right to request flexible working all employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more which includes a final draft. Good practice guidance has also been published to supplement the Code.
Royal Assent 25 April 2013. The Act contains a wide variety of provisions to reform employment law, including pre-claim conciliation, greater use of settlement agreements and changes to whistleblowing protections.
On 5 December 2013 Acas launched a consultation on an amendment to the Code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures. It is seeking views on a specific change to the Code concerning the statutory right for workers to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing.
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.
The revised Directive includes proposals to extend paid maternity leave to 20 weeks. The proposals must be approved by the EU Council of Ministers before they can be adopted.
Coming into force on 22 July 2013. The new Code of practice on equal pay will provide employers in Northern Ireland with practical guidance on how to promote equality and avoid sex discrimination in pay structures.
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.
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.
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.
Came into force 19 April 2012. Replaces previous Code published in 2004.
Royal Assent 22 March 2011. Repeals the statutory grievance procedures in Northern Ireland and will introduce the right to request time off for training.
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