2014 employment law archive

This is Acas' archive of key employment law changes during 2014.

For the latest employment law changes see our Employment Law update.

2014 employment law changesDate

Transfer of undertaking protection of employment (TUPE)

The consultation to the proposed changes cover the service provision and should they be retained or repealed, whether or not the employee liability information should be provided earlier to the transferee and whether an amendment to TUPE would be possible to ensure that a change to the location of the place of work would not necessarily lead to automatic unfair dismissal.

31 January 2014

Early Conciliation comes into force

From April 2014 before lodging a claim to the Tribunal all claimants will need to notify Acas first, where conciliation will be offered. If conciliation is unsuccessful within the set period the claimant can proceed to lodge a tribunal claim.

6 April 2014

Employment Tribunal to be able to impose financial penalties on employers

The Employment Tribunal will have the power to order an employer who has lost a case to pay a financial penalty to the Secretary of State of between £100 and £5,000. The penalty will be imposed where the employer has breached any of the workers rights and the breach has one or more aggravating features.

6 April 2014

Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay increase

The rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption rate will increase to £138.18.

6 April 2014

Statutory Weeks Redundancy pay

The rate will increase to £464

6 April 2014

The right to request flexible working

The Government proposes to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees and remove the current statutory procedure for considering requests. Instead employers will have a duty to consider all requests in a reasonable manner; employers will have the right to refuse requests on business grounds.

30 June 2014

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increase

£6.50 for workers 21 and over
£5.13 for workers 18-20 yrs
£3.79 for 16-17 yrs olds
£2.73 for apprentices under 19 or 19 and over who are in the first year of apprenticeship

1 October 2014

Right to time off for antenatal appointments

A husband, civil partner or partner of a pregnant women has the right to unpaid time off to attend up to 2 ante-natal appointments.

1 October 2014

Shared Parental Leave

For parents of children born or matched for adoption on or after 5 April 2015

Under this new system parents will be able to choose how they share the care of their child during the first year after birth. Mothers will still take at least the initial two week following the birth, following that they can choose to end the maternity leave and the parents can opt to share the remaining leave as flexible parental leave. Also under this new shared parental leave it is proposed to allow the husband, civil partner or partner of the pregnant women the right to unpaid time off to attend up to 2 antenatal appointments.

1 December 2014