• “A week’s pay”: up to £400 (gross)
  • Unfair dismissal - Basic Award: up to £12,000
  • Unfair dismissal - Compensatory Award: up to £68,400
  • Additional award: £10,400 to £20,800  (26 to 52 weeks’ pay)
  • Statutory redundancy payment: up to £12,000
  • Breach of contract claims: up to £25,000
  • Failure to consult over collective redundancy:  90 days’ actual pay
  • Failure to inform or consult over a TUPE transfer: 13 weeks’ actual pay
  • Failure to give statement of employment particulars: 2-4 weeks pay (between £800 to £1,600)

National Minimum Wage

Category of Worker

1 October 2010 - 30 September 2011

Workers aged 21 and over - £5.93

Workers aged 18-20 and those over 21 doing accredited training in the first 6 months of employment -£4.92

Workers aged 16 and 17 - £3.64  

Apprentices who are either under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship - £2.50

From 1 October 2011

 Workers aged 21 and over - £6.08

Workers aged 18-20 and those over 21 doing accredited training in the first 6 months of employment -£4.98

Workers aged 16 and 17 - £3.68

Apprentices who are either under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship - £2.60

Family Friendly Rights From 3 April 2011

  • Statutory Maternity Pay: 90% of pay for 6 weeks then £128.73 a week or 90% of normal weekly earnings (if lower) for 33 weeks.
  • Statutory Paternity Pay: £128.73 a week or 90% of normal weekly earnings (if lower) for 2 weeks.
  • Statutory Adoption Pay: £128.73 a week or 90% of normal weekly earnings (if lower) for 39 weeks.

Sick Leave From 6 April 2011

  • £81.60 a week for 28 weeks in any period of incapacity for work (PIW) or any series of PIWs spanning a maximum of three years.

Employment Tribunal Statistics

  • Employment Tribunal claims (April 2010 – March 2011): 218,000 (8% decrease from 2009/2010).

Maximum Tribunal Award (2009/2010)

  • Unfair Dismissal: £234,549 (£84,005 in 2008/2009)
  • Sex Discrimination: £442,366 (£113,106 in 2008/2009)
  • Race Discrimination: £374,922 (£1,353,432 in 2008/2009)
  • Disability Discrimination: £729,347 (£388,612 in 2008/2009)
  • Age Discrimination: £48,710 (£90,031 in 2008/2009)
  • Religion / Philosophical belief: £9,500 (£28,876 in 2008/2009)
  • Sexual Orientation: £163,725 (£24,876 in 2008/2009)

Median Tribunal Award for (2009/2010)

  • Unfair Dismissal: £4,903 (£4,269 in 2008/2009)
  • Sex Discrimination: £6,275 (£7,000 in 2008/2009)
  • Race Discrimination: £5,392 (£5,172 in 2008/2009)
  • Disability Discrimination: £8,553 (£7,226 in 2008/2009)
  • Age Discrimination: £5,868 (£3,000 in 2008/2009)
  • Religion / Philosophical belief: £5,000 (£4,291 in 2008/2009)
  • Sexual Orientation: £5,000 (£15,351 in 2008/2009)

Costs awarded by the Employment Tribunal (2009/2010)

  • Maximum:  £13,942 (£25,000 in 2008/2009)
  • Median: £1,000 (£1,100 in 2008/2009)  

Absence Management (CIPD Annual Survey - October 2010)

  • Average Sickness absence: 7.7 days (2009: 7.4 days) 
  • Average Sickness Absence (Public Sector): 9.6 days (2009: 9.7 days)
  • Average Sickness Absence (Private Service Sector): 6.6 days (2009: 6.4 days)
  • Average Cost of absence per employee per year: £600 (2009: £692)

Employment Statistics (Office for National Statistics – www.statistics.gov.uk)

  • Employment Rate (February - April 2011): 70.6% (up 0.1% on previous quarter)
  • Unemployment rate (July - September 2010): 7.7% (down 0.3% on previous quarter)
  • JSA Claimants (October 2010): 1.49 million (increase of 0.1% since April 2010)
  • Inactivity rate for people of working age (July - September 2010): 23.3% (23.2% in previous quarter)
  • Regular Pay (excluding bonuses) up by 2% from April 2010