HR frequently asked questions — January 2013

Employers and their Human Resources advisers face constant difficulties in trying to avoid potential pitfalls posed by current employment and discrimination law. This bulletin addresses, in a practical way, some issues commonly dealt with by Human Resources departments and gives realistic guidance on how to reduce the risk of employment related litigation in these areas.

The following new rates will apply from 1 February 2013: the cap on a “week’s pay” (which is commonly used for calculating statutory redundancy payments and the basic award in an unfair dismissal claim) will increase from £430 to £450; the maximum compensatory award that can be granted by a Tribunal in a successful unfair dismissal claim will rise to £74,200 (from £72,300)…

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