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Thursday, 26 March 2009

April changes to Employment Law

The government allows changes in Employment law twice a year. April and October. The April changes that could affect us all this year are:

Parts of the Employment Act 2008 come into force on 6 April 2009.
These parts of the Act repeal the statutory dispute resolution procedures set out in the Employment Act 2002. The Act also repeals the Employment Rights Act 1996, section 98A, returning the law on unfair dismissal to its position before the dispute procedures came into force in October 2004.

Revised Acas Discipline and Grievance Code of Practice

The revised statutory Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures is introduced. Where there is a breach of the Code of Practice a tribunal can increase any award made by up to 25%. The draft code can be viewed on the Acas website

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nick, wasn't sure how to contact you but wondered if you could do a post on this?

    Time is really short to get names on Early Day Motion 1163 (text below) which contains key demands for substantial improvements to the national minimum wage. We've already got 37 names ranging from Blunkett to Cruddas to McDonnell, and even has 7 Lib Dems and an SDLP member signed up. Any publicity you could give would be great as the EDM 'expires' on 2.4.09 and we really need people lobbying their MPs.

    Supporters can help by lobbying through the campaign website at

    The campaign is backed by UNISON, TUC, CPAG, British Youth Council, Institute of Employment Rights, YWCA England & Wales, and NUS.

    Thank you,
    Martin Hanley

    EDM 1163


    That this House welcomes the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the National Minimum Wage on 1 April 2009; applauds the fact that employees in more than one million jobs have benefited, two-thirds of them women; believes that annual uprating and effective enforcement are the key to its continued success; regards the current economic climate as an opportunity to increase the spending power of the low paid; calls for an end to discriminatory lower age rates for young workers; and further calls on the Low Pay Commission and Government to end the exemption of some apprenticeships from the national minimum wage.