January

  • The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force making changes to TUPE (31 January 2014)

Spring

  • SSP increases to £87.55 per week and SMP, SPP and SAP increase to £138.18 per week (6 April 2014)
  •  Increase in maximum employment tribunal awards (6 April 2014)
  • Pre-claim Acas conciliation will require claimants to lodge details of the claim with Acas before submitting an employment tribunal claim (optional from 6 April 2014)
  • „Introduction of the power for employment tribunals to impose financial penalties on employers who lose an employment tribunal claim (6 April 2014)
  • „Repeal of the discrimination questionnaire procedure (6 April 2014)
  • Abolition of statutory sick pay record keeping obligations (6 April 2014)
  • Increase in time before a TUPE transfer by which employee liability information must be provided from 14 to 28 days (for transfers on or after 1 May 2014)
  • „ Pre-claim Acas conciliation becomes mandatory (6 May 2014)

Summer

  • Right to request flexible working to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service and statutory procedure replaced with new duty to deal with requests in a reasonable manner (30 June 2014)
  • Exemption for micro-businesses from the obligation to inform and consult employee representatives in a TUPE transfer (for transfers on or after 31 July 2014)

Autumn

  • Introduction of time off for fathers and partners to attend up to two antenatal appointments (1 October 2014)
  • Increase in national minimum wage rates (1 October 2014)

Expected 2014

  • Power for employment tribunals to order that an employer carry out an equal pay audit

2015

  • Introduction of shared parental leave and pay system (5 April 2015)
  • Introduction of new “tax-free” childcare scheme (Autumn 2015) 
  • Changes to the Equality Act 2010 in order to make it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of caste (Autumn 2015)

Expected 2015

  • Increase in the age limit of a child in respect of whom a parent may take parental leave from 5 to 18 years 
  • Introduction of a new government-funded health and work assessment and advisory service