Employment law - What to expect in 2013

2012 has been a very busy year in employment law, with significant changes to the law surrounding pensions, sick leave and paid holiday and the minimum wage. However, it does not stop here and the Government has continued to follow its ‘Red Tape Challenge’ by proposing a number of further changes to employment law for next year. There is a vast amount of potential new legislation on the horizon, which will make for an interesting year ahead. Let’s take a look at what is on the menu for 2013.

In the last few months the biggest area of controversy in employment law has been the proposals under the Growth and Infrastructure Bill for “employee owners” which would mean that employees would forfeit many of their employment rights in return for shares in the company. 

This Bill, which the Government hopes to have introduced by April 2013, will insert a new section 205A into the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“ERA 1996”), whereby the employer and employee can agree that in consideration for the employee becoming an ‘employee owner’, rather than an employee, the company will issue or allot a minimum of £2,000 worth of shares to that individual…

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