With a nod to David Bowie, there are some important changes to Employment law. Briefly they are as follows:
1. Abolition of Statutory Dismissal and Grievance Procedures
2. New Acas Code on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
Tribunal awards can be uplifted by up to 25% if these procedures are not followed.
3. New ET1 and ET3 forms
New forms are to be used from 6th April.
4. Flexible working
Parents with children aged 16 and under can now request flexible. Employers can still just say 'no' but more than 95% of all such requests are now accepted.
5. SMP / SSP
SMP increases to £123.06 (from £117.18), and SSP increases to £79.15 (from £75.40)