• Changes to TUPE came into force on 31 January 2014 and are summarised in our blog here. The Government has issued amended guidance on TUPE to reflect the changes, here.  Acas has also published guidance on the changes, available here
  • From 6 April 2014 the statutory discrimination questionnaire procedure in the Equality Act 2010 will be abolished and replaced with an informal approach. Although tribunals will no longer be able to draw adverse inferences from a failure to respond to such questionnaires fully, they will still be able to take the employer’s response to questions into account more generally, and may also order an employer to provide the information sought during the tribunal proceedings.  Acas has published non-binding, good practice guidance available here on how employers should deal with questions regarding discrimination in the workplace under the new regime. The content is similar to the guidance under the previous regime. It recommends that the employer speaks to the individual about ways to resolve the dispute and seeks assistance from Acas before any claim is brought, also pointing out that a failure to respond to questions may prompt a claim in the tribunal that could have been avoided by providing clear answers.
  • New Acas guide: Accommodating breastfeeding employees in the workplace, available here.