Business Outlook & Employment Legislation: A new year brings new employment legislation. here we take a look at the pertinent changes you should be aware of as an employer, and introduce our 2012 Business Outlook Survey, specifically designed to gain a snapshot of local organisations and what they expect from the year ahead.
2012 Business Outlook Survey
We would ask you to spare a few minutes of your time to participate with our businesses outlook survey which will help give an overview of local operating expectations over the next 12 months. To say “thank you” we will make a charitable donation of £5.00 to either Help for Heroes, Alzheimer’s Support, the NSPCC or Bath Cats & Dog Home – it’s your choice.
It doesn’t stop there, the survey results will be made available to all those who have participated and of course your responses will remain confidential. Closing date for submissions is 31st March 2012. To take part in our survey, click the following link: 2012 Business Outlook Survey
Increase in Qualification Period for Unfair Dismissal
On the 6th April 2012; the qualifying period for an employee to bring an unfair dismissal claim increases from one to two years. This increase however will apply only to employees who join an employer on or after this date – the current one-year qualifying period will continue to apply to employees who started their employment prior to the 6th April 2012.
Pensions Auto-Enrolment Begins for large employers
For larger employers, auto-enrolment may prove to be a challenge, as starting from 1st October 2012, employers with 50 or more employees have to enrol eligible employees automatically, and make mandatory employer contributions, into a qualifying workplace pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).
White Horse Employment are planning a future seminar on this legislation and how you can plan ahead, details to follow in our next issue.
Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Sick Pay Increases
From the 1st April 2012; the standard rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will increase from £128.73 to £135.45 per week and from 6th April 2012; statutory sick pay will increase from £81.60 to £85.85 per week.
And there’s more…
With a substantial review of the employment tribunal procedure due to come into force, a possible rise in the National Minimum Wage in October, and a number of other employment law developments waiting in the wings, we will continue to keep you up-to-date through 2012 with future issues of our mailshot and our quarterly seminars.
For more information, take a look at our Employer Mailshot – White Horse Employment Employer EShot – Issue 61 February 2012