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Spring employment law changes 2013

Spring is on its way, but its bringing with it a whole host of changes to employment law that you need to be aware of. Read on to ensure your business is up to date with all the latest legislation changes.

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Spring is on its way, but its bringing with it a whole host of changes to employment law that you need to be aware of. Read on to ensure your business is up to date with all the latest legislation changes. February 2013 Increase in amount of a week's pay and statutory guarantee pay From 1st February, the maximum amount for a week's pay used to calculate statutory redundancy payment and basic awards of compensation for unfair dismissal, has increased to £450 per week. The limit on the statutory guarantee pay, that is the amount paid in lay-off or short-time working situations, has also gone up to £24.20 per full day. New compensation limits for dismissals The limit on compensation for unfair dismissal cases happening on or after 1st February increased from £72,300 to £74,200. The limit on a week's pay, used to calculate redundancy payments or for unfair dismissal compensation has increased from £430 to £450. Minimum basic awards for unfair dismissal or selection for redundancy on grounds related to union activities have also been raised from £5,300 to £5,500. March 2013 Universal CRB checks introduced Following the simplification of the CRB system earlier this year, CRB checks will go online making them portable from one job to another. Employers will be able to confirm that no new information has been added since the check was originally made, meaning an employee will not have to obtain a new check each time he or she starts a new job. Parental leave increases from three to four months The period of optional unpaid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child will increase from three to four months. At least one of the four months will not be transferable between parents. The government is also asking businesses to give their views on further parental leave reforms. Have your say here. April 2013 Real Time Information launched Employers will be required to report PAYE deductions HMRC at the time of paying employees rather than at the end of the year, under the new Real Time Information (RTI) scheme. Smaller businesses will have to start using RTI from 1st April 2013. Visit www.fpb.org/RTI to find out more about the steps you need to take now. Employee-owner contract introduced The 'employee-owner' contract, a new type of employment contract, will be introduced on 6th April. Employee-owners will be given between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares in the business (exempt from Capital Gains Tax), in exchange for waiving certain employment rights, including ordinary unfair dismissal protection after two years' continuous service. Read more about employee-owner contracts » How the Forum can help your businessGet expert HR and employment advice when you need it from our helpline advisers and a practical, up-to-date guide to managing employment law. Call us now on 0845 130 1722 to access this benefit of Forum membership or find out more.

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