2012 saw some major employment law changes, the most prominent of which were:
- the increase in the unfair dismissal qualifying period from one to two years (6th April 2012);
- the increase in the minimum wage;
- and the commencement of pension auto-enrolment.
As an employer, you will need to remain alert in the year ahead as 2013 sees the introduction of a range of new laws and measures which will affect your business. I have highlighted the most prominent changes below.
Unpaid parental leave to increase: March 2013
The government has confirmed that it will increase unpaid parental leave from 13 to 18 weeks from March 2013 to comply with European regulations. You can read more about why this is happening here.
DBS Checks to become portable: March 2013
Disclosure and Barring Service checks (formerly Criminal Records Bureau checks) will be made available online so employers can check that no new information has been added since the original check was made. This means that a new staff member will no longer have to obtain a new CRB check each time they get a job. You can read more about this here.
RTI: April 2013
HMRC is introducing a new way of reporting PAYE – called Real Time Information, or RTI.
From April 2013, employers will be legally required to report PAYE in real time. This means that information about all PAYE payments needs to be submitted to HMRC online each time a payment is made as part of the payroll process, rather than at the end of the year as they are now.
There lots of free RTI resources online (including ours) to help you prepare for the changes. Our payroll software is RTI-compliant too, so you can use it to automatically file payroll forms and returns over the internet.
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Employment Tribunal fees to be implemented: Summer 2013
The new Employment Tribunal scheme will be implemented which will mean that claimants will need to pay an initial fee to lodge a tribunal claim and an additional fee for taking the claim to a full hearing. You can find full details of the fees to be paid at the Ministry of Justice website. These fees are meant to encourage mediation and arbitration as a means of resolving disputes rather than potentially costly and time-consuming tribunals.
What do you think of the changes? Are there any that you are concerned about in particular?