1 October 2011

Default retirement age of 65 abolished.

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 are due to come into force on 1 October 2011.

These Regulations will mean that agency workers will have the right to equal treatment after 12 weeks on an assignment in respect of basic terms and conditions, including pay.

Dates Still To Be Confirmed

Bribery Act 2010

Despite receiving Royal Assent last April, the Bribery Act has yet to be brought into force, and will not do so until a date three months after Guidance from the Government is published. It is not yet clear when this will happen. Under the Act, employers must implement procedures to prevent bribery and corruption. A new corporate offence will be created by the Act making it unlawful to fail to prevent bribery by individuals acting on behalf of an organisation.

Radical Employment Law Reform

The Government recently announced proposals for far-reaching employment law reforms and consultation on these is ongoing until 20 April 2011.

The key proposals set out in the Consultation include:-

  • an increase from one year to two years of continuous employment before an employee can raise a Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal;
  • mediation to be compulsory for all Tribunal claims;
  • the introduction of financial penalties for employers found to have breached rights, to encourage greater compliance; and
  • that Claimants should pay a fee to lodge a Tribunal claim.

Depending on the result of the consultation, this could represent the most significant change to the Tribunal system for some time and will have a considerable effect on both employers and employees.

We will keep you up to date with any changes to the law via our e-bulletin updates and Innes Clark’s employment law blog.