As we roll into 2014, the UK is set to see a lot of changes to UK employment law, including several other reviews on UK law. Some of the changes that have already been scheduled to occur in 2014 have been listed below, and were originally compiled by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The dates and times on this page must only be considered as guidelines, and are not set in concrete at the moment.
- First quarter
Major employment law changes in January include the roll-out of pensions auto-enrolment in th businesses with between 350 and 499 employees, and changes to the TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)) regulations, which should make it easier for employer to transfer staff without impacting the effectiveness, fairness or flexibility of the country's labour market.
Changes to EU immigration rules will also have an impact on the employment in the UK, with Bulgarian and Romanian nationals free to work in any EU member state from the start of this year.
- Second quarter
The new Small and Micro Business Assessment will apply to any new regulations that come into force from March 31st 2014. This change to UK employment law hopes to loosen red tape and promote economic productivity.The Departments introducing changes to employment regulations will be expected to show how these regulations will affect small- and micro- enterprises.
From April 6th, all employees who have been working in the same business for 26 weeks will have the right to ask for flexible working, although businesses will not be obliged to adhere to their requests.
Employers who breach UK employment law and employment rights will be liable for a maximum financial penalty of up to the 5,000 in employment tribunals from April 6th.
- Fourth quarter
The CIPD predicts that national minimum wages could increase on October 1st. Also in October, employment tribunals may be able to compel employers to conduct equal pay audits if they are found to have breached UK employment law outlined in the Equality Act 2010.
- Throughout the year
The Employment Law Review is scheduled to continue into 2015 and aims to reduce the amount of red tape and regulations businesses in the UK have to go through to operate, while improving levels of flexibility in the nation's employment market. This UK law review, which is led by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, began changing the UK's employment laws in 2010 but many changes are forecast to occur in 2014.
Notes on UK employment law reviews
The changes to employment laws may or may not affect the whole of the UK. There is an increasing amount of devolution in British politics, and the situation in the England and Wales may not be the same as the situation in Northern Ireland and Scotland. People who wish to find out more information about UK employment law should speak with a specialist, such as an employment solicitor.