Here is the latest news from Catherine Herries-Smith

National Living Wage

National Living Wage. The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 will come into force on 1 April 2017.

Employee shareholders

A new form of employment status, ’employee shareholders’, came into existence on 1 September 2013 (Updated May 2017)

The Equality Act 2010 (Brexit)

The Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) which implements the UK’s laws against discrimination is primary legislation, so would remain in force even if the legislation incorporates EU law (the European Communities Act 1972) is repealed.

Shared parental leave

The Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) inserts new provisions into Part 8 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 to introduce a new entitlement for employees who are parents, to take shared parental leave (SPL) in the first year of their child’s life or in the first year after their child’s placement for adoption.

Internal procedures

I can provide advice on exhausting internal procedures to resolve disputes in the workplace.

Tribunal reform – December

Under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 the majority of prospective claims will, from April 2014, be required to contact ACAS before they can lodge proceedings at the employment tribunal.

Pre-termination negotiations and settlement agreements

Under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reforms Act 2013 (ERRA 2013) compromise agreements will be renamed ‘settlement agreements’ and employers will be given more freedom to have discussions with employees about a proposed settlement outside the context of an existing dispute.

Unfair dismissal qualifying service

The right to claim for unfair dismissal generally is dependant upon the employee having the requisite period of continuous service

Tribunal Fees

From July 2013 there will be two main charging points for Tribunal fees