Countdown to April 2014

April 2014 will see a raft of new employment legislation hitting the statute books — in preparation for the changes, here is a quick overview of what’s in store.

Discrimination questionnaires are to be abolished. This is welcome news as the questionnaires are notoriously laborious, time-consuming and costly to complete.

Mandatory ACAS early conciliation (EC) will be introduced. All prospective claimants will have to submit an EC form via ACAS before being permitted to bring a tribunal claim. Perhaps surprisingly, there will be no obligation on either the prospective claimant or respondent to actively engage in EC, which arguably renders it something of a ‘tick-box’ exercise. Many employers may well prefer to wait and see if proceedings are actually issued before entering into conciliation. This is especially so given that a claimant is required to pay a fee to commence a claim…

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