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Employment law changes: Essential things you need to know

WHATEVER the size of your business, you should familiarise yourself with the employment changes due to come into force this year and consider the effect they may have on your business.

Increase to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal


Maternity, paternity and

adoption pay will all increase

protection The increase of the qualifying period for an employee to bring an unfair dismissal claim from one year to two years is probably one of the major changes for this year which comes into force on 6 April 2012.

The Government hopes this will “provide more time for employers and employees to resolve difficulties, give employers greater confidence in taking on people and ease the burden on the employment tribunal process”.

Statutory redundancy payments and guarantee

payments increase The maximum amount of a

week’s pay used to calculate a statutory redundancy payment and the basic and additional

By Andrew Linton, Partner at Buss Murton Law LLP


awards for unfair dismissal increased from £400 to £430 on 1 February 2012. The maximum unfair dismissal compensatory award increased from £68,400 to £72,300. The limit on the amount of a guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day also increased from £22.20 to £23.50.

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2 Business Matters

Pensions –

Auto-enrolment begins From 1 October 2012, employers with 50 or more employees must enroll all eligible employees automatically, and make mandatory employer

contributions, into a qualifying workplace pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest).

Employment tribunal

procedure changes The Government has announced a ‘fundamental review’ of the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure, with substantial changes to employment tribunal procedure expected to be introduced on 6 April 2012.

Maternity, paternity, adoption and sick

pay increase The Government has confirmed that the standard rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay has increased from £128.73 to £135.45 per week from 1 April 2012. Statutory sick pay will increase from £81.60 to £85.85 per week from 6 April 2012.

 Stay up to date with the latest changes before they come into force and plan the impact they may have on your business and workforce.

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