The Government has published a revised timetable for the implementation of various employment law reforms. Various reforms are now due to come into force in the Summer, rather than April as previously announced. These are:
- The introduction of protected settlement conversations;
- A cap on the compensatory award in unfair dismissal cases. This will be the lower of one year’s gross pay (excluding pension contributions, benefits in kind and bonuses) or £74,200;
- The introduction of new employment tribunal rules;
- The introduction of tribunal fees;
- Changes to whistleblowing laws.
Plans for a new type of employment contract called an ‘employee-owner’ contract are now expected to come into force in the Autumn rather than April, subject to Parliamentary approval.