In this edition of our Employment Newsletter, we provide an update on yet further legislative developments in the Employment Law field.
We look at the long awaited amendments to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 and also changes due to be implemented in April 2014 affecting those employers involved in Employment Tribunal proceedings.
Amendments to TUPE
The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 were amended with effect from 31st January 2014 by the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (“the Amendment Regulations”).
The Amendment Regulations make changes to the:
• Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE Regulations”); and
• The Trade Union and Labour Reform (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULRCA”)
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have also published a detailed guide to accompany the changes.
Mandatory Early ACAS Conciliation
On 6th April 2014, the new ACAS Early Conciliation service will be introduced through the Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemption and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014.
The impact will mean that, before any claim can be raised to an Employment Tribunal, a prospective claimant will have to contact ACAS and provide certain information using a prescribed form.