From the 6th April 2014, five changes come into place in terms of employment law. This article summarises these amends and helps you determine what they mean for your business.

The five changes include:

  • Changes to SSP
  • The end of discrimination questionnaires
  • Penalties for employers who lose tribunal claims
  • ACAS early conciliation
  • The increase of rate and the limits of tribunal awards

Changes to SSP
The government’s plans for a state-funded occupational health service is to be funded by cost-savings from the abolishment of the Percentage Threshold Scheme, which is set to occur in April. This will see the employers with above average SSP liabilities lose their rebate. The state-funded occupational health scheme is currently expected at some point in 2015.

The end of discrimination questionnaires
The time-consuming process whereby employees put questions in writing to employers and tribunals which drew from evasive or incomplete answers will end. Over 80 per cent of respondents to the consultation of this were opposed to this task.

Penalties for employers who lose tribunal claims
From April, tribunals will be able to impose financial penalties on employers who lose a tribunal claim where there is an “aggravating feature.” Genuine mistakes won’t be penalised. This is another way in which a tribunal is able to punish the loser as well as compensating the victor.

ACAS early conciliation
Before issuing claim to a tribunal a potential claimant must go through an early conciliation period. This will be optional for one month (until the 6th May) but enforced after this.

The increase of rate and the limits of tribunal awards
Maternity, paternity and adoption leave are increased to £138.18 per week. A week’s gross pay for calculating redundancy payments or the basic award for unfair dismissal purposes will be capped at £464. The max compensatory award for unfair dismissal is one year’s gross pay, up to £76,574.

If you need help implementing any of these changes, please contact Triple Three Solutions.