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Following its consultation on reforming the employment tribunal system, the Government intends to make the following changes to the Employment Tribunals Act 1996.
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 entitles parents who lose a child under the age of 18 to two weeks' paid leave.
The Data Protection Act 2018 aims to modernise data protection laws in the UK to make them fit for purpose for an increasingly digital economy and society.
The General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679 EU) (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC).
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018.
The Government plans to increase the state pension age.
These regulations bring into force the duty in the Childcare Act 2016 to secure 30 hours free childcare for working parents.
The Government has announced that statutory sick pay will increase from £88.45 to £89.35.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which will come into force on 3 April 2017.
The Government has announced increases in the weekly rates for statutory maternity pay and other types of pay from 2 April 2017.
The Government is aligning the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) so that both increase in April from 2017 onwards.
These regulations are one of two statutory instruments that require employers to report on gender pay gaps in their organisations.
Section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 came into force on 10 March 2015. From that date, employers who require applicants, employees or service providers to make subject access requests and disclose the results to them may risk prosecution. Subject access requests are commonly used to reveal details of any criminal convictions held by the requestor.
Since the beginning of the 2013/14 academic year, all young people are required to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. From the summer of 2015 this will be extended until their 18th birthday.
The Children and Families Act 2014 contains reforms to adoption, looked-after children, family justice and special educational needs (SEN).
The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014 set out the criteria, technical conditions and usage of personal budgets under Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. The nature of education, health and care (EHC) plans means that most of the Regulations are aimed at local authorities (LAs).
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 are made under the Children and Families Act 2014. They are applicable to England only.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 amended the Employment Tribunals Act 1996 to introduce a requirement for prospective claimants to contact Acas before they are able to present a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Acas will then attempt to resolve the dispute in a process called early conciliation.
Penalties of between £100 and £5000 may be imposed on an employer found to have breached any of the worker’s rights to which the claim relates where the employer’s behaviour in committing the breach had one or more “aggravating features”, eg the breach was deliberate or repeated.
Following its consultation on changes to the Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment Regulations 2006 (TUPE 2006), the Government has amended TUPE 2006. The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (TUPE 2014) came into force on 31 January 2014. Changes to the Northern Ireland Regulation will be effective later in 2014.
The National Minimum Wage rates that apply from 1 October 2013 are as follows.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 repeals in the Equality Act 2010 the provision which makes employers liable for repeated harassment of an employee by third parties over whom the employer does not have direct control, such as customers or clients.
This Order introduces fees for claims made to an employment tribunal and appeals made to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, proceedings before the Employment Appeal Tribunal are now heard by a judge alone since 25 June 2013.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) introduced a new Update Service on 17 June 2013 that allows employers to carry out status checks on an individual’s DBS certificate, rather than having to apply for a certificate from scratch.
These Regulations amend the Companies Act 2006 to facilitate employee shareholder status.
The Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment and Application of Schedule 38 to the Finance Act 2012) Regulations 2013 is a combined Statutory Instrument, which amended the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001 No. 1004) (“the SSCR 2001”) and brought into force certain parts of Schedule 38 to the Finance Act 2012.
These Regulations amend the Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) Regulations (SI 2003/2682) (the 2003 Regulations) as necessary for the operation of HMRC’s Real Time Information programme (RTI) for the majority of employers from April 2013. For example, the amendments allow employers, in specific circumstances, to submit a return up to seven days after the payment is made to the employee. New reporting requirements have also been introduced.
This Bill aims to protect workers from violence at work.
The Pensions Act 2007 contains powers to restore the link between the Basic State Pension and earnings, raise the State Pension Age to 68 by 2046 and aims to make the system fairer for women and carers by 2010.
The Government published a major piece of legislation in February 2009 covering most of the responsibilities of the Departments for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), and Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The Bill, at 225 pages, is the longest Bill ever published by these departments. It became law in November 2009.
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 was published on 1 March 2006 and received Royal Assent on 8 November 2006.
The Employment Bill received Royal Assent on 13 November and is now the Employment Act 2008.
The Independent Safeguarding Authority is being established to prevent those who are deemed unsuitable from working or volunteering with children and vulnerable people.
These Regulations amend existing legislation governing an employer’s liability to a defined benefit pension scheme when it severs its link with the scheme.
The Act creates an offence of corporate manslaughter in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and corporate homicide in Scotland.
These regulations make minor amendments to the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.
Amendments that affect pregnancy and maternity leave will come into force through the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999 and will apply to women whose babies are due on or after 5 October 2008.
Under the provisions of this Order, the rates of Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay, increase to £117.18 per week (or 90% of the person’s average weekly earnings if that is less than £117.18) on 6 April 2008.
This Order was made under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.
The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act, which was unveiled as a Bill on 22 June 2005 and enacted on 30 March 2006, will tackle illegal working through a new civil penalties scheme for employers by introducing fines of up to £10,000 per illegal employee, custodial sentences of up to two years and unlimited fines for those found knowingly to use or exploit illegal workers.
The increases to tribunal award limits from 1 February 2008 are set out in the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2007.
These regulations amend the Flexible Working (Eligibility, Complaints and Remedies) Regulations 2002 in respect of the categories of person entitled to make a request under the statutory right for employees to request a contract variation to care for a child or an adult. The right is provided for in the Employment Rights Act 1996 as amended by the Work and Families Act 2006.