2014 will see a number of changes to employment law in Britain. The dates for some of the changes have yet to be confirmed although most of the changes are expected to happen around the traditional date of early April.
Transfer of undertaking protection of employment (TUPE)
A full consultation is expected to take place in the coming weeks about possible changes to the TUPE Regulations. The consultation will focus on the possible repeal of the provisions on service provision change and also when employee liability information should be provided. Changing a place of work and the effect this will have post TUPE will also be discussed as part of the consultation.
Early ACAS Conciliation
From April, any claim that is made to the Employment Tribunal will have to go through ACAS Conciliation. This is a change from the current position were parties can decide themselves how much they wish to use ACAS. From April, if a party is shown not to have co-operated during the conciliation, this may mean that their claim or response is struck out by the Tribunal.
It is the Government’s intention to have the right of flexible working open to all employees without a statutory procedure. As a result, an employer will be required to consider each case on its own merits and in a reasonable manner.