Flexible Working – are you prepared for the changes on 30th June 2014?

The right to request flexible working will be extended to cover all employees after 26 weeks’ service, rather than just parents with children under 17 years, or 18 in the case of a disabled child, and certain carers.  Staff will be restricted to making one application a year, and employers still have the right to refuse requests on business grounds.   Employers need to be looking at their internal policies and procedure to ensure they comply with the new provisions.  This significant extension could also pose risk for employers who may face discrimination claims if one flexible working request is seen to have not been treated as fairly as another.

Employment Tribunal Changes

A couple of important changes to Employment Tribunals, feel free to contact ConciseHR to talk these through.  Effective now:

 

  • Claimants must now send details of their dispute to ACAS before they can initiate an employment tribunal claim.  ACAS role will be to attempt conciliation and settlement
  • Employment Tribunals can levy a financial penality of up to £5000 on employers found to have breached an employee’s employment rights.

£2000 reduction in National Insurance Contributions

Employment Allowance Changes….Did you know that from the 6th April 2014, every business and charity is entitled to a £2,000 reduction in employer national insurance contributions (NICs) bills each  year under the National Contributions Act?  Speak to ConciseHR today about this and other legislation that you need to know about… info@concisehr.co.uk