26 April 2013

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill receives Royal Assent

After much ping-ponging between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent yesterday. Some of the employment related provisions of the Act will come into force on 25 June 2013 whereas others will be introduced in October 2013 and April 2014. The Government has said a detailed implementation timetable will be published on the BIS website shortly.

The provisions coming into force on 25 June are:

  • removal of the 2 year qualifying period for unfair dismissals where the reason for the dismissal if the employee's political opinions or affiliations,
  • simplification of the procedures and costs of deciding tribunal cases, and
  • new provisions on whistleblowing.

Click here to read the press release.

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