Dates for April 2013

31 March 2013

Reduction in the minimum consultation period

The minimum consultation period falls from 90 to 45 days where an employer proposes 100 or more redundancies at one establishment within 90 days.

Amendment of the consultation rules so as to exclude the expiry of fixed-term contracts from the calculation of the number of redundancies taking place.

Changes are intended to take effect on 6 April.

 

New rates of statutory maternity pay and sick pay

On 6 April 2013 the statutory sick pay will increase from £85.85 to £86.70.

On 7 April 2013 statutory maternity pay, ordinary and additional statutory paternity pay, and statutory adoption pay will increase from £135.45 to £136.78.

 

Changes to damages on grounds such as ‘pain and suffering’

In Simmons v Castle it was held by the Court of Appeal that from 1 April 2013 the level of general damages on grounds such as ‘pain and suffering’ will be 10 per cent higher.