The five hot topics in employment law in 2014

Employers should look out for the following changes in 2014: TUPE revamp; ACAS pre-claim conciliation; financial penalties for employers in tribunal claims; right to request flexible working extended to all employees; and pensions auto-enrolment.

Proposed changes to TUPE came into force on 31 January. The majority of the amendments apply to transfers on or after that date and are intended to make life easier for service providers and transferees in many circumstances.

The changes include enabling the transferee (in certain circumstances) to consult with the transferring employees on collective redundancies prior to the transfer. Changes to terms and conditions of employment should be easier, with changes only prohibited where the reason for the change is the transfer itself…

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