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Statutory Sick Pay: Reclamation Cessation

As of 6 April 2014 employers will no longer be able to claim back the last remaining subsidy for the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) of employees.

When speaking to the average citizen about SSP over the years, the abiding belief has more or less always been that SSP is either partly or fully paid by the Government. Employers and Employment Lawyers of course know that this is simply not true and that the now defunct Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) only came into play when an employer’s liability for SSP in a certain month was more than 13% of its National Insurance contributions for the same period.

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Employment Law News Roundup

With so many serious changes planned to the tribunal system and employment law generally this year, it is well worth pointing out some of the key alterations that may have escaped your attention in anticipation of their being implemented via the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. With that in mind the following roundup provides a handy summary of what is coming into force and most importantly, when.

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Queen’s speech: Employment law round up

This is by far the least popular speech the Queen makes each year, mostly down to the fact that most people are working while it takes place with no roast turkey, cracker or pudding in sight!

It is however the most important speech that Her Majesty makes annually in that it highlights the most important bills to be placed before Parliament in the coming months, bills that may become law and have far reaching implications for the legal landscape of the country.

So here are the key bills with particular relevance to the HR and employment law sphere:

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Employer perceptions of employment law out of step with reality

A recent Government research survey appears to be at odds with many of the arguments the coalition has used to justify its reforms on employment law since coming to power.

The main thrust of the study entitled ‘Employer Perceptions and Impact of Employment Regulation’ is that many businesses view employment law as overly burdensome, while accepting that this view was mostly derived from a lack of understanding.

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Shared parental leave and flexible working

The Government is acting on the promise they made last year to commit to working families in the 21stcentury through the publication of the Children and Families Bill. You may recall that the proposals relating to changes in employment law included shared parental leave, pay and extending the right to request flexible working to all employees – this has now been put in motion. The Bill has been through its first reading and though all is not yet clear, we now have a fair idea of the changes to be implemented. 

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BIS dates for the 2013 diary

In December 2012, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published the ‘Fifth Statement of New Regulations’ (‘the Statement’). This document sets out implementation dates for regulatory reforms in 2013.

The Statement sets out the timetable for, and estimated financial impact of, a range of measures slated for implementation next year. The reforms cover a wide range of areas of law, including energy, planning and development, agriculture, companies and transport. For the purposes of employment law the following dates should be noted in the calendars of all employers:

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