This month, the plums in our Christmas employment news pudding are: ‘law in a cold climate’ (dealing with severe weather related absence); next year’s statutory payment rates and limits; DH guidance on staff transfers; and an update on the review of the Public Sector Equality Duties. And Stop Press -Government announces reducedcollective redundancy consultation period. Sarah Maddock reports.
This month, the plums in our Christmas employment news pudding are: ‘law in a cold climate’ (dealing with severe weather related absence); next year’s statutory payment rates and limits; DH guidance on staff transfers; and an update on the review of the Public Sector Equality Duties. And Stop Press - Government announces reduced collective redundancy consultation period. Sarah Maddock reports.
The potential for difficult weather conditions is never far off at this chilly time of year, so now would be a good time to take out and defrost your policies and procedures on dealing with absence related to inclement weather. If you are putting pen to paper and drafting up such policies, or overhauling your existing policies, you may wish to consider the following points.
If any of this strikes a chord with you, or if you have any queries, please do get in touch. The team has a wealth of experience of drafting policies for, and advising on, this type of situation.
Details of statutory payment limits for 2013 have now been published.
Notable changes are
The new rates apply where the event giving rise to compensation or payment occurs on or after 1 February 2013. For example, in the case of unfair dismissal the rates apply to all dismissals where the effective date of termination falls on or after this date. Where the dismissal or relevant event falls before 1 February, the old limits will still apply, irrespective of the date on which compensation is awarded.
It has also been announced (as part of the Autumn Statement that statutory sick pay, statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay will increase by 1% a year for three years from April 2013.
The Department of Health has published guidance on the transfer of public health staff under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 reforms.
The Home Office has published the terms of reference for the review of the public sector equality duties (PSED) in Part 11 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010). The review will take into account the budgetary position facing public bodies and will
A steering group is due to meet from this month onwards, to conduct evidence-gathering exercises and then prepare a report based on its analysis of the evidence obtained.
As Employment Eye went to press yesterday, the Government announced that, from April 2013, the collective redundancy consultation period will be reduced from 90 to 45 days. The stated intention is that this will avoid unnecessary delays, and afford employers greater certainty and flexibility. The Government has also announced plans to exclude fixed term contracts from collective agreements. We will keep you posted on further details, when they are published.