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Government reforms: (1) Updated timetable

government reformsThe Government has published an updated implementation timetable for the provisions of its central reform package, set out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA). There is little in the timetable that was not already known and covered in our May 2013 newsletter, Government Reforms: finalised, but just as a reminder these are the reforms that came in this month:

25 June 2013

In addition:

Other reforms that now have a finalised date include:

29 July 2013

July 2013

Summer 2013

1 October 2013

25 October 2013

From 25 October 2013, in respect of any claims lodged after that date, Tribunals will be able to order additional financial penalties against employers who have breached workers’ rights, where the breach has any “aggravating factor” (no clear definition yet). Where the employer is unsuccessful at hearing, the Tribunal will be able to order the employer to pay a penalty of between £100 and £5,000. The penalty will be halved if the employer pays it within 21 days of the Tribunal’s decision.

6 April 2014

There will most likely be a few more reforms under ERRA in 2014 but we’ll update you on those nearer the time.

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