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Legislation changes after April

To keep people managers on their toes not all changes in employment law take place in April and October. This article rounds up the changes taking place in the next few months that you need to be aware of.

1 May 2014 Changes under TUPE 2014

If you are involved in a transfer taking place on or after 1 May 2014 you need to know that employee liability information must be given at least 28 days (increasing from 14 days) before the date of the transfer. If you have not built this into your timing you need to consider how you deal with it and make sure you take this longer period into account in future.

6 May 2014 Acas Early Conciliation

Claimants in cases lodged at the employment tribunal on or after 6 May 2014 have to submit details via Acas early conciliation before they can present the claim. If you want to know more about Acas early conciliation see our earlier article or sign up for our webinar on 6 May 2014.

30 June 2014 Changes to Flexible Working

From 30 June 2014 all employees, with a minimum of 26 weeks’ service, will be able to request flexible working. The employee will no longer need to be a parent or carer.

Also, the statutory procedure for considering flexible working requests will be replaced with a statutory code of practice from Acas. Under the Code, currently in draft form, an employer will simply have a duty to consider requests ‘carefully looking at your business and weighing these against any adverse business impact of implementing’ the changes the employee seeks.

Have a look at the draft statutory code and the accompanying ‘best practice’ Acas guide, ‘Handling Requests To Work Flexibly In A Reasonable Manner: An Acas Guide’.

31 July 2014 Changes under TUPE 2014

If you are an employer with 10 or less employees you can inform and consult directly with affected employees if there is no recognised independent trade union or existing appropriate representatives. This only applies to transfers taking place on or after 31 July 2014.

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