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2012 Employment Law

2012 presents new employer legislation relevant to all organisations, large and small; whether it is statutory redundancy payments, parental leave, pensions or unfair dismissal.

We present you with the Employment Law key dates for 2012

Date Law
15 January 2012 Localism Act 2011. The Localism Act 2011 prescribes that local authorities must prepare a pay policy statement for the financial year 2012/13 and subsequent financial years.
1 February 2012 Employment Rights Order 2011. The Employment Rights Order 2011 comes into force, increasing limits on employment tribunal awards and other amounts paid under employment law. The maximum unfair dismissal compensatory award rises from £68,400 to £72,300 and the maximum amount of a week’s pay for the purpose of calculating a statutory redundancy payment and the basic and additional awards for unfair dismissal increases from £400 to £430.
8 March 2012 Parental leave increases from three to four months. The minimum period of leave permitted to parents following childbirth or adoption increases from three to four months, and at least one month of the four cannot be transferred to the other parent.
April 2012 Changes to income tax thresholds. The income tax personal allowance increases by £630, bringing it to £8,105. The threshold at which employees pay the higher income tax rate of 40% is reduced to £34,371 (from £35,001).
1 April 2012 Maternity, paternity and adoption pay increase. The standard rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will increase from £128.73 to £135.45 per week.
6 April 2012 Statutory sick pay increase. Statutory sick pay will increase from £81.60 to £85.85 per week.
6 April 2012 Qualifying period for unfair dismissal increases. The qualifying period for employees to bring a claim of unfair dismissal increases from one year to two years.
6 April 2012 Changes to employment tribunal procedure. The maximum amount of a deposit order, which a tribunal can order a party to pay as a condition to continuing with tribunal proceedings, increases from £500 to £1,000. The maximum amount of a costs order, which a tribunal may award in favour of a legally represented party, increases from £10,000 to £20,000.
6 April 2012 Lower earnings limit for NI contributions increase. Limit for Primary Class 1 contributions increases from £102 to £107.
6 April 2012 Contracting out of the state additional pension abolished. The Pensions Act 2007 and the Pensions Act 2008 abolish contracting out of the state additional pension on a defined-contribution basis for occupational, personal and stakeholder pension schemes and the rules governing contracted-out rights in.
1 September 2012 Employers’ Duties (Implementation) Regulations 2010. The Regulations set out the details of how employers’ duties under the National Employment Savings Trust pension scheme, which requires employers automatically to enrol staff into a pension scheme and pay a minimum contribution, will be staged in over time.
1 October 2012 Pensions automatic-enrolment begins. The Pensions Act 2008 provides that employers must enrol automatically all eligible employees not already participating in a workplace pension scheme into the employer’s pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust pension scheme. This takes effect for the largest employers from 1 October and will be phased in for the coming years for smaller employers.

There are a number of other Employment Law developments that are upcoming, but for which no date has yet been set. We’ll be keeping you up-do-date with these, as and when they evolve over the coming months.

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Abdo

The topic of pensions is a fcepert way to illustrate why we are AGE UK not AGE England.  One issue, pensions does not make this arrangement fcepert. Perfect we’re not going to get what ever but this arrangement appears to me like blatant discrimination.This looks to me like as far as AGE are concerned the elderly of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland deserve their dedicated AGE teams but the elderly of England do not. Which of course would match the blatant discrimination of the UK government that funds the people of England old and young the least via the deeply unfair Barnett Formula. Leading to outrages like my 83 year old and severely disabled mother paying a3500 a month for visiting care that would be free in Scotland and who faces having to sell her home if she has to go into residential care   also free in Scotland. We do our very best to work for people in later life in England, and across the whole UK, depending on the responsibility of the Westminster parliament and government, issue-by-issue. By following the structure of a UK parliament that ignores England, AGE UK also ignores England and the elderly of England as well.Or to put it another way   wouldn’t you be able to make a much stronger case if you had an AGE England campaigning for equal rights for English elderly. Meanwhile on issues such as the NHS we cover England only, leaving our colleagues in Age Cymru, Age NI and Age Scotland to lead in their respective nations.  Doesn’t the respective nation of England also deserve a dedicated team? Don’t English people deserve exactly the same as Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish people? You raise an interesting point about the interactions between a UK-wide welfare system and differences in public service entitlements in each nation… and of course the costs of living vary for older people in all sorts of way, up and down the country. Perhaps something for future research? Does it need further research? The inequalities are staring you in the face. What are you doing about them? Why are you allowing the UK government to discriminate against the elderly of England? Can you also please clarify whether funds raised for Age UK are spent across the UK or only in England?

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Gaurav

The business lrdeeas have undercut American workers, because of miss management, abuse of the American free market systems against the American citizens who want to work and support our country. We can only hope that the business lrdeeas can re-invest in America, not part out America workers and that the economy will expand by investing in America so when the business is in recovery and the profits start to roll in again, Public workers will not be used as escape goats for failed economic policy.  It is apparent that taxing retires is a another message for retirees to be forced out of Michigan to move to other States that have a non Discriminatory policy related to taxation.

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