Now that the new year of 2013 is upon us it is time to stop mourning the festive break and look forward to what 2013 will have in store. Over the next couple of weeks we will be providing an update in relation to the changes in legislation that we can expect, and hope, to see in 2013. Firstly, however, we want to update you on the new tribunal compensation rates which come into effect on 1 February 2013.
Already the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2012 has been placed before Parliament. This sets out the annual increases for tribunal compensation awards.
It is important for any employer to be aware of these tribunal compensation rates and limits as they affect the amounts of compensation that a Tribunal can award for a successful claim.
(A) The maximum limit for gross weekly pay rises from £430 to £450.
This will have the following effects:
- Failure to give statement of particulars – min £900 and max £1,800.
- Breach of the right to be accompanied to disciplinary and/or grievance meetings – max £900
- Breach of Flexible Working Regulations – max £3,600
- Basic award for unfair dismissal purposes – max £13,500
- Statutory redundancy pay – max £13,500
(B) The cap on the compensatory award increases from £72,300 to £74,200.
(C) The maximum Statutory Guarantee Payment for periods of lay off increases from £23.50 a day to £24.20 a day. The maximum over any 3 month period increases from £117.50 to £120.00.
If you are facing a Tribunal claim from a disgruntled employee, the team are happy and willing to help you through the whole Tribunal process.
Equally, if you want advice and assistance on how to reduce the risks of your business having a claim brought against it, or have any other questions regarding these increases or the Tribunal process, please contact Flint Bishop’s Head of Employment Robert Tice on 01332 226149 for confidential advice.