The workplace in 2013 and beyond

Two new acts were passed by Parliament in April 2013 that, when brought into force, will largely complete the Coalition’s programme of employment law reform. These come on top of recent changes to the unfair-dismissal qualifying period and collective redundancy consultation.

In April 2012 the following changes were implemented:

  • The qualifying period for the right to claim unfair dismissal rose to two years, though employees already in post prior to 6 April were not affected by this change.
  • Lay panels were abolished for some claims, including most unfair dismissal claims, where employment judges will now normally sit on their own.
  • Various changes to the employment tribunal rules of procedure were implemented, including increasing the limits for costs and deposit orders (to £20,000 and £1,000 respectively) and removing the right of witnesses to claim expenses from Government funds…

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