The latest changes to employment law will affect all UK businesses, but human resource specialists say that the new rules are so diverse that many small firms may be unaware of their potential impact. The broad range of new legislation includes amendments to employees' maternity rights and pay and revisions to the laws encompassing discrimination and employment tribunals.
The new laws, which are to take effect 6 April, make rate changes to statutory adoption payments, maternity, ordinary and added paternity payments. In addition, any grievances must be filed with and reviewed the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service before the claim is taken to a tribunal. The ACAS will then have one month try to negotiate a settlement between both parties before it is taken before a panel.