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Increase in UK Employment Protection Awards

The compensation limits on Employment Tribunal awards and certain other amounts payable under UK employment legislation increased as of 6 April 2015. The key changes are set out below. What Does This Mean for Employers? The changes took effect on 6 April 2015 and apply to dismissals that occurred on, or will occur after, that date. It is important for employers to note that If an employee was given notice prior to 6 April 2015, but the notice period expired on 6 April or will expire on a future date, the new limits above will apply to that dismissal. If an employee's employment is terminated by means of a payment in lieu of notice, the effective date of termination (EDT) is the actual date the dismissal takes effect, plus the amount of statutory notice applicable to the employee, i.e., one week per year of employment, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. If the statutory notice would take the EDT to or beyond 6 April 2015, the new limits will apply. An employer’s...

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Increase in UK Employment Protection Awards

The compensation limits on Employment Tribunal awards and certain other amounts payable under UK employment legislation will increase as of 6 April 2014. The key changes are set out below. What Does This Mean for Employers? The changes will take effect on 6 April 2014 and will be applicable to dismissals taking effect on or after that date. It is important for employers to note that: If an employee is given notice prior to 6 April 2014, but the notice period will expire on or after 6 April 2014, the new limits set out above will apply to that dismissal. If an employee's employment is terminated by means of a payment in lieu of notice, the effective date of termination (EDT) is the actual date the dismissal takes effect, plus the amount of statutory notice applicable to the employee, i.e., one week per year of employment, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. If the statutory notice would take the EDT to or beyond 6 April 2014, the new limits will apply. Employers’...

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UK Employment Alert: Increase in Employment Protection Awards

by Katie Clark and Paul McGrath The compensation limits on Tribunal awards will increase as of 1 February 2013.  The key changes are set out below. Statutory Redundancy Pay The maximum amount permitted for calculation of a week’s pay will rise from £430 to £450; the maximum entitlement to Statutory Redundancy Pay will therefore rise from £12,900 to £13,500. Basic Award The current maximum amount for a week’s pay will rise from £430 to £450; the maximum Basic Award will therefore rise from £12,900 to £13,500 (which would be awarded to an employee aged 61+ with 20+ years service). Minimum Basic Award for Defined Dismissals The minimum Basic Award a Tribunal can award for certain dismissals, i.e., those relating to certain employee representative, health and safety and working time cases, will rise from £5,300 to £5,500. Maximum Compensatory Award The maximum Compensatory...

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