As a result of “The Red Tape Challenge” on employment law; where rules and regulations were published online so businesses could feedback to the Government what caused them the most problems; 159 regulations are to be looked at, with over 40% being merged, simplified or scrapped.
To find out more information visit “The Red Tape Challenge” website, however here are three employment law changes to keep a look out for in 2013.
Portable Disclosure & Barring Service checks to be introduced
One area to be simplified is the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously Criminal Records Bureau) checks. From March 2013, once a DBS check has been conducted the results will be available and instantly accessible online, for employers to confirm that no new information has been added since the check was originally conducted.
This means that an employee will not have to obtain a new check each time he or she starts a new job with a different employer; reducing delays in employment and repeated expensive applications. For more information on the DBS, click here to visit the Home Office website.
Parental Leave to increase from three to four months
By March 2013, the permitted period of parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child increases from three to four months, and at least one of the four months will not be transferable between parents.
Minimum Period for collective redundancies reduced from 90 to 45 days
From April 2013, large-scale collective redundancies (100 or more employees) will no longer require a 90-day minimum consultation phase, after the Government announced its decision to reduce the period to 45 days.
As well as new legislation to reduce the minimum period to 45 days, the Government announced that the conciliation service Acas will produce non-statutory guidance to address “key contentious issues”, aiming to promote good-quality redundancy consultation between employers and employees.
And there’s more…
With the substantial review of employment law and a number of other employment law developments, we will keep you up-to-date throughout 2013 with future issues of our mail shot and our quarterly seminars.