Employment law changes on 1 October 2013

by Laurie Anstis on September 30, 2013

The 1st of October is one of the two standard dates on which employment law changes come into force.

Many changes have already happened over the summer, leaving only a handful of changes now to take place on 1 October 2013. They are:

1 The national minimum wage goes up – the headline rate is now £6.31/hour.

2 Section 65 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 comes into force, repealing the specific provisions of the Equality Act 2010 dealing with third party harassment.

3 Sections 78-82 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (dealing with shareholder votes on a quoted company’s policy for directors’ pay (including severance pay)) comes into force.

4 Supposedly the rules affecting occupational pensions on a transfer of an undertaking were to have been changed by the Transfer of Employment (Pension Protection) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, but I haven’t been able to find anything beyond this consultation page. Does anyone know what happened to that? [Update 30/09/2013: thanks to Dan Myers for confirmation that this is not (yet) coming into force.]

5 For those with health and safety responsibilities, there are new RIDDOR regulations on the reporting of accidents and injuries at work.

2 comments

Interesting changes! Always nice to read about employment law in different jurisdictions.

by Laura | Dutch Employment Law Firm AMS on 2 October 2013 at 12:33 pm. #

This is something we’re writing about just now. I think in times of recession putting the minimum wage up can create further financial pressure on employers.

by Michael Adams on 14 October 2013 at 12:21 pm. #