It’s that time of the year again, a time when UK employers gear up for a swathe of employment law changes, and 2012 is no different. This year, important amendments include those relating to tribunal procedures, unfair dismissal and statutory maternity and sick pay. Employers need to “switch on”, according to Darren Hendleman, Partner in our Commercial Law Team. "This year there are important changes to statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay.” There are also significant changes to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal and in accident-reporting requirements.
For example, in April the qualifying period for making an unfair dismissal claim increased from one to two years in most cases; and the required period of incapacity following an injury caused by an accident at work increased from more than three days to seven. Darren comments: “April is a month that tends to be overloaded with employment and health & safety law changes. Employers can all too easily miss something.
If you feel you may need advice Smith Sutcliffe can advise you. Call Darren on 01282 426251 for further information or use our contact form.