Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 receives Royal Assent

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The Enterprise  and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has received Royal Assent.

Upcoming changes to employment law shall include:

1. A  reduction to the maximum cap on unfair dismissal awards (£74,200 or 52 weeks gross pay)

2. Fees payable to bring and continue Employment Tribunal claims
 
3. Settlement Agreements to substitute Compromise Agreements

4. Clarification on whistleblowing legislation

5. The Equality Act 2010 will be amended to outlaw caste discrimination.

6. The  Agricultural Wages Board will be abolished
 
Changes since April 2013

  1. The collective redundancy consultation period where more than 100 employees are affected halved to 45 days from 6 April
  2. The prescribed weekly rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay rose to £136.78 from 7 April. The rate of statutory sick pay has been £86.70 from 6 April, while the basic rate band decreased.
  3. Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on 1 April. Among other things, it enables the use of damages-based agreements in most civil litigation.

The new Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure and ‘employee shareholder’ employment status were proposed to come into effect in April but have now been pushed back.

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