Government reforms (1): Spring changes – are you ready?

The following changes are on their way in April: 1 April 2016 National Living Wage: a new mandatory National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour will be introduced from 1 April 2016 for workers aged 25 or over. The National Minimum Wage will continue to apply to other workers (current rate (until September 2016) is…
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Government reforms: Financial penalties for unpaid awards

What do we already know? We updated you in our July 2014 Newsflash Small business, enterprise & employment bill on the Government’s plans to introduce a financial penalty for employers who fail to pay sums ordered by a Tribunal or owed under settlement agreements reached following ACAS conciliation. The planned penalty was 50% of the…
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Newsflash: Small business, enterprise & employment bill

In our June Newsletter Government reforms (3) – Queen’s speech we reported that the Government had plans to introduce the ‘Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill’. This Bill has now been published and a consultation launched which closes on 17 September 2014. The Government has published a fact sheet on the Bill which is available…
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Government reforms (1): Financial penalties

What do we already know? While much of the Government’s reforms have targeted employer-friendly solutions to improving the Tribunal system, one proposal has sought to redress the balance. This proposal is that Tribunals impose financial penalties on employers where they breach a worker’s rights and there are “aggravating features”. The penalty will be 50% of…
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Government reforms: What’s new this month? (2) Tribunal rules

From 29 July 2013 we have new Employment Tribunal rules which apply (with very limited exceptions) to all on-going and new Tribunal and EAT cases, as long as the Respondent receives a copy of the claim form from the Tribunal on or after that date. The new rules include: Sanctions for non-payment of Tribunal fees:…
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Government reforms: (3) Settlement agreements & the final ACAS code

ACAS has this month published the final “Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements” and its response to the Government’s consultation on settlement agreements. These are available here. The Code is awaiting Government approval, which can be expected shortly. There will also be non-statutory guidance from ACAS accompanying the Code, which has not yet been published…
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Government reforms: (2) Tribunal rules and fees

On 29 July 2013 Employment Tribunal fees and new rules governing Employment Tribunal practice and procedure will be introduced. We set out the impact of these new features in detail in our May newsletter, Government Reforms: Finalised and Tribunal Fees: They’re nearly here… Tribunal fees From the above date all those bringing Tribunal claims and…
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