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Employers should start preparing for employment law changes coming into force in 2014, as the year kicks off with amendments to TUPE in January. Other challenges for HR include changes to employment tribunal procedures, the right to request flexible working and the introduction of the Health and Work Service.
Read our guide to the 10 key updates to make sure you are ready for the year ahead. For further detail, click on the title of each new piece of legislation.
Important changes are being made to TUPE, including a new provision enabling a transferee to consult pre-transfer with representatives of transferring employees for the purposes of complying with the collective redundancy rules. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has confirmed that it plans to bring the regulations into force on 31 January 2014.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 introduces a requirement for potential claimants to lodge details of their proposed employment tribunal claim with Acas in the first instance from 6 April 2014, whereupon Acas will offer the parties the opportunity to engage in conciliation with a conciliation officer.