Employment Law Update: April 2013

Following on from my brief update in February this year, please find detailed below some of the key headlines that have changed in the world of HR and employment law recently:

  • On 6th April 2013, ACAS released its guidance for collective redundancies – whilst not statutory, employers are advised to use this to help manage collective redundancies more effectively. There has been a reduction from a minimum of 90 days to a minimum of 45 days for consultation, where redundancies of 100 or more people are proposed (within a 90 day period)
  • On the 6th and 7th April the rates of SSP (statutory sick pay), SMP (statutory maternity pay), SPP (statutory paternity pay) and SAP (statutory adoption pay) have all been increased. SSP went to £86.70 on the 6th April and the others all rose to £136.78 per week on the 7th.
  • The proposed employee shareholder contracts that were originally due to come into force in April have now been ‘pushed back’ to at least Sept 2013, so watch this space for further updates.
  • The new tribunal rules – in terms of charges for claimants and new procedures – that were also expected this month have been delayed and are expected to come into force in the summer 2013. The final rules will be published by May 2013

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