Employment Law dates for 2012

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With a lot of changes to employment law on the way in 2012, here’s a review of the important dates to be aware of. Any other dates will be added to this calendar as the year progresses

31 January 2012Closure date for calls for evidence on the effectiveness of TUPE and the scope of the collective redundancy rules – may result in a formal consultation later in the year
1 February 2012New tribunal award limits come into force
6 March 2012Consultation closes on fees in tribunals and the EAT
April 2012
  • expected that qualifying period for unfair dismissal will increase to 2 years
  • various tribunal reforms to take effect
    e.g. increase in deposit orders and costs awards
  • unpaid parental leave to increase to 4 months
  • working time rules to be amended to allow holiday to be carried forward in limited circumstances
  • maternity/paternity/adoption pay increases
  • SSP increases
October 2012
  • Pensions auto-enrolment begins for larger employers
  • national minimum wage may increase, depending on what the Low Pay Commission recommends in February
Developments with no confirmed date but likely to be progressed in 2012
  • penalties for employers who breach of employment rights
  • early compulsory ACAS conciliation of all tribunal claims
  • amendment of whistleblowing rules so that disclosures about breaches of employment contracts are no longer covered
  • compromise agreements to be simplified
  • consultation on ‘protected conversations’ between employers and staff about employment issues without risk of dispute
  • consultation on rapid resolution scheme as alternative to tribunal for low-value and straightforward disputes
  • Acas Disciplinary and Grievance Code to be ‘looked at’ with a view to a simpler dismissal process