The Government has confirmed the following changes:
Summer 2013: 12 months earnings cap on employment tribunal compensatory awards (the current maximum is £74,200); introduction of tribunal fees for claimants i.e. £ 160 to file a straightforward claim such as unpaid wages and £250 for more complex claims such as unfair dismissal. There are further fees of £230 and £950 respectively, for the tribunal hearing; introduction of protected settlement conversations; new employment tribunal procedural rules; changes to whistleblowing laws.
Autumn 2013: TUPE reforms, and possible employee share owner status.
2014: Acas early conciliation of tribunal claims offering parties the opportunity to resolve their dispute through Acas and avoid the need to go to tribunal; tribunal penalties for employers found to have breached employment rights which will be 50% of any financial compensation awarded (subject to a maximum limit of £5,000) with a 50% discount if paid within 21 days.
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