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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Employment – Legal Update

An update from our legal expert on employment, redundancy, pay rates, etc

For redundancies taking effect on or after 1 February 2013 the maximim weekly pay for calculating statutory redundancy pay goes up from £430 to £450.

For unfair dismissals on or after 1 February the maximum compensatory award goes up from £72,300 to £74,200 and maximum basic award from £12,900 to £13,500. From summer 2013 the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal is likely to be capped at the employer’s annual salary or £74,200, whichever is lower. More details here

Changes to rules on collective redundancy consultation where 100 or more employees will be made redundant in a 90-day period – from 6 April (date not yet 100% definite). More here

Right to request flexible working to be extended to all employees from 2014. Read more

Government guidance on minimum wage makes clear that the promise of a contract or paid work in future can entitle a volunteer, intern, person on work experience etc to minimum wage. More details here.

The Disclosure & Barring Service website is now at, and the list of registered umbrella bodies (for criminal record checks) can be accessed via

Deadline for responses to consultation on ACAS statutory code of practice on settlement agreements and confidentiality provisions (formerly referred to as protected conversations) – expected to come into effect summer 2013. More here

Deadline for responses to consultation on changes to TUPE regulations – expected to come into effect October 2013. More here

Requirement for workers making whistleblowing disclosures to show they reasonably believed the disclosure was in the public interest. More here

Changes to employment tribunal procedures and fees here

New employment allowance will save employers up to £2,000 on employer’s national insurance contributions in 2014-15. More here

Future changes to state pension – including introduction of single tier pension brought forward from 2017 to 2016. More here