Podcast: June 2013 UK employment law changes

Are you up to speed with all of the employment law changes coming into force on 25 June? If not, our recent podcast is well worth a listen. I quizzed employment law expert and consultant editor Darren Newman about the forthcoming changes to the whistleblowing regime and the removal of the qualifying period for unfair dismissal where the alleged reason for dismissal is the employee’s political opinions or affiliations.

Changes to the whistleblowing regime include the introduction of an explicit requirement that a disclosure is made in the public interest (surprisingly, there is no such requirement at the moment), the removal of the requirement that a disclosure is made in good faith in order to attract legal protection (which felt counter-intuitive to me until I pondered it for a while) and the introduction of a power for employment tribunals to reduce (unlimited) compensation by up to 25% where it appears that a worker has not made a disclosure in good faith.

I also grilled Darren about the impact of the removal of the qualifying period where the alleged reason for the dismissal is the employee’s political opinions, particularly for employers who are looking to dismiss in these circumstances. We finish off by chatting about the new employment tribunal rules and the introduction of employment tribunal fees, which come into force on 29 July 2013.

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