In the last of a two-part series, I identify the remaining 5 of my top 10 changes in employment law for 2013.

  1. Equality Act – questionnaires and third party harassment repealed
  • Changes to take effect: Expected Summer 2013
  • Employers will no longer be liable for the harassment of one of their employees by a third party in the course of employment
  • Statutory discrimination questionnaire procedures will no longer be available
  1. Whistleblowing
  • Changes to take effect: Expected Summer 2013
  • Individual must reasonably believe disclosure was in public interest in order to benefit from protection
  1. Amendment to cap for unfair dismissal
  • Changes to take effect: Expected Summer 2013
  • Compensation for employees in successful ordinary unfair dismissal claims will be capped at the lesser of the employee’s 12 month salary and the prevailing statutory cap
  1. Employment Tribunal Fees and Fines
  • Changes to take effect: Expected Summer 2013
  • Fee payable by Claimant to Tribunal (subject to their ability to pay) on issue of claim and prior to hearing
  • Employers to pay financial penalty into the Consolidated Fund, if the breach of the employment right in question has “one or more aggravating features”
  1. Political affiliation and unfair dismissal
  • Changes to take effect: Expected Summer 2013
  • No need for minimum qualifying period to bring unfair dismissal claim where dismissal relates to employee’s “political opinions or affiliations”