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Employment Law 2013

2013 presents changes in legislation that all employers need to be aware of. We’ve detailed some key dates and legislation changes for the first part of the year ahead.

Date Employment Law
February 2013 New compensation limits. The limit on the amount of the compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £72,300 to £74,200. The limit on a week’s pay, used for calculating statutory redundancy payments and the unfair dismissal basic award (as well as many other payments) rises to £450.
March 2013 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks become portable. DBS checks (formally CRB checks) are portable between employers meaning that a new check is not required each time a person changes employer. The Government has committed to introduce the system of portable checks from March 2013.
March 2013 Repeal of Equality Act provisions. The Equality Act provisions covering discrimination questionnaires and employer liability for harassment of an employee by a third party will be repealed.
8 March 2013 Unpaid parental leave increases. The right to unpaid parental leave increases from 13 weeks to 18 weeks. Every employee who is the parent of a child can take up to 18 weeks unpaid leave during the first five years of the child’s life.
April 2013 Employee ‘shareholder’ contracts introduced. Previously called employee ‘owner’ contracts – in return for shares (with a minimum value of £2,000) employee shareholders will give up certain employment rights, including unfair dismissal, rights to request flexible working and statutory redundancy pay.
6 April 2013 Real-time information (RTI) for payroll starts. Unless a different date is agreed, employers are required to use RTI to report payroll deductions before or when they make them.

Ceridian has now communicated to all of its customers regarding the changes for RTI. If your organisation hasn’t yet received communication, please get in touch so that we can let you know of the next steps.
6 April 2013 Statutory sick pay increases. The standard rate of statutory sick pay increases from £85.85 per week to £86.70 per week.
6 April 2013 Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption pay increase. The standard rates of pay increase from £135.45 to £136.78 per week.
6 April 2013 Collective consultation period is reduced to 45 days. The 90-day consultation period where 100 or more redundancies are proposed reduces to 45 days.
Summer 2013 Fee for bringing Tribunal claims. In the summer Employment Tribunal fees, to take a claim to Tribunal, will be introduced. At the moment (still to be confirmed) these fees are proposed to be £160-£250 to issue a claim; a hearing fee of £230-£950, and an Employment Appeal Tribunal hearing fee of £400-£1200.

Ceridian provides a range of Employment Law services through our partner, Ellis Whittam. If you are concerned about any of the above, or need further information or guidance, contact us online or call today on 0800 0482 737.

Pension Auto-Enrolment

Every month throughout the year sees the phasing of staging dates for auto-enrolment. The table below shows the list of staging dates by PAYE scheme for pension auto-enrolment up to November 2013.

PAYE Scheme Size Staging Date
30,000-49,999 1 January 2013
20,000-29,999 1 February 2013
10,000-19,999 1 March 2013
6,000-9,999 1 April 2013
4,100-5,999 1 May 2013
4,000-4,099 1 June 2013
3,000-3,999 1 July 2013
2,000-2,999 1 August 2013
1,250-1,999 1 September 2013
800-1,249 1 October 2013
500-799 1 November 2013

If you are a Ceridian customer and your Staging Date is in 2013, and you have not yet engaged with us, please get in touch so that we can begin to understand your requirements as soon as possible.

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