Employment Law Bulletin January 2014


Happy New Year – and welcome to another twelve months of legal developments for HR professionals and employers.

The next few months promise excitement in the form of the new-look TUPE (more on this later), fines for employers who make mistakes with employment rights, mandatory Acas conciliation for tribunal claims, and extended rights to request flexible working.

That comes on top of last year’s changes, including tribunal fees, employee shareholders, changes to whistleblowing and of course the re-branding of compromise agreements as settlement agreements.

It looks like it is going to be a busy 2014 in the employment law world.

Ill-Health Dismissals

BS v Dundee City Council

Employee ill-health is one of the thorniest issues facing employers. It demands empathy and patience, balanced against commercial realities and the needs of the business. Perhaps the biggest challenge of all is in recognising when the end of the road has been reached and the employment relationship must be terminated.