No, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in the case of Lyons v DWP Jobcentre Plus UKEAT/0348/13.
The ACAS Early Conciliation scheme was introduced on 6 April 2014. Whilst the scheme has been launched from this date, it will not be mandatory for claimants until 6 May 2014.
Under whistleblowing legislation, whistleblowers should usually, in the first instance, make a protected disclosure to their employer. However, certain disclosures will still be protected under the legislation if they are made to a “prescribed person” other than their employer.
From 6 April 2014, employers are no longer able to reclaim statutory sick pay (“SSP”) from the Government.
6 April 2014 saw a number of employment legislation changes come into force. Below is a useful summary of the changes:
The Government has published a draft statutory code of practice for employers on how to avoid unlawful discrimination whilst trying to prevent illegal working.
In the case of Norbrook Laboratories (GB) Ltd v Shaw UKEAT/0150/13, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a series of emails addressed to different recipients amounted to a “protected disclosure”.
The Government has announced the new Employment Tribunal Award Limits for 2014.
The Government has announced that the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees will come into force on 30 June 2014 (not on 6 April 2014 as previously stated).
In Punjab National Bank v Gosain, an employee, Ms Gosain had made covert recordings of her grievance and disciplinary hearings. The recordings were of both the hearings themselves and of private discussions by her employer (“the Bank”) during breaks in the hearings.