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Several employment law changes now coming into force

Posted: 1st May 2014   In: Business Employment, Individual Employment

This is a brief summary of the main points:

ACAS and Tribunal claims

Employees wishing to bring claims before the Employment Tribunal must first contact ACAS, which will offer a conciliation service. The measure, effective from 6 May, is designed to help the claimants and employers reach an agreement without having to go to a tribunal. 

Penalties for employers

Employers may now face new financial penalties if they breach a worker’s employment rights. The maximum penalty is £5,000, with a 50% discount for paying promptly.

However, the money is only payable if the Employment Tribunal considers that there has been an aggravating feature in the infringement.

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick Pay is now set at £87.55 a week. The lower rate of Statutory Maternity Pay increases to £138.18 a week.

Redundancy and Unfair Dismissal Payments

The statutory week’s pay for redundancy and related purposes is limited at £464. The statutory guarantee payment relating to lay-offs or short-time working is £25 a day.

The maximum compensation for unfair dismissal is £76,574. However, in most cases, 52 weeks’ gross pay will apply if that is lower.

National Minimum Wage

Looking towards later in the year, the new National Minimum Wage figures have been set.

The rates from 1 October 2014, as recommended by the Low Pay Commission, will be:

Please contact Jackie Cuneen (01582 514389) or John Carter (01442 200101)  for more details about the issues raised in this summary, or any aspect of employment law.


Posted by: Jackie Cuneen
Luton Office