Changes in April 2012; Employment Tribunal procedure reformed, Qualifying period for Unfair Dismissal increased, Statutory payments increased, RIDDOR reporting periods increased, Pension Auto enrolment new rules coming Oct 2012 – checks needed now.
Statutory payments Increased:
Important changes have been made to statutory weekly pay. For full details see HMRC.
- Maternity, paternity and adoption pay – effective 1 April 2012 – Increased from £128.73 to £135.45
- Sick pay – effective from 6 April 2012 – Increased from £81.60 to £85.85
RIDDOR reporting period Increased:
Amendments to the RIDDOR Procedure outlined below now applies as of 6 April 2012.
- the period of incapacity before an occupational injury or accident is required to be reported by an employer has increased from more than 3 days to more than 7 consecutive days.
- the period before the employer is required to submit the report has increased from 10 to 15 days.
Employment Tribunal Procedure Reformed:
Amendments to the Employment Tribunal Procedure outlined below now applies to cases submitted to an employment tribunal on or after 6 April 2012.
- the maximum expenses which a tribunal may order a party to pay, increased from £500 to £1,000 and may also include covering costs incurred by a witness in attending a tribunal to give evidence
- the maximum costs that a tribunal may order an employer to pay increased from £10,000 to £20,000
A separate amendment also applied from 6th April enables unfair dismissal proceedings to be heard by an Employment Judge alone unless they direct otherwise.
Qualifying period for Unfair Dismissal Increased:
For employees starting on or after 6 April 2012, the qualifying period of continuous employment required is increased from one to two years (see The Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal Order ):
- for the entitlement, on request, to a written statement of reasons for dismissal
- to acquire the right not to be unfairly dismissed, some dismissals are still automatically considered to be unfair. (see ACAS )
Pension Auto enrolment new rules coming Oct 2012:
Check your staging date on the timeline now, as it applies to the number of employees on 1 April 2012, regardless of any changes between then and October 2012. From their given ‘staging date’, employers are required to auto-enrol all eligible employees in a pension scheme. The ‘staging date’ for employers is based on the number of employees in their PAYE scheme on 1 April 2012 and ranges from October 2012 into 2017. For detailed guidance see The Pensions Regulator.
Factsheet: HR – Employment Law changes April 2012
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