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Employment Law Calendar for 2012

Napthens - February 8th 2012

The Employment team hopes you had an enjoyable Christmas break and wishes you a successful 2012!

Below we have set out some dates for your diaries with regards to expected employment law changes this year, which are as follows:

31st January

  • Closure date for the effectiveness of the TUPE regulations, this may result in formal consultation.

1st February

  • Increased award limits for Employment Tribunals:
  • Maximum compensation award for Unfair dismissal from £68,400 to £72,300; and
  • Maximum limit of a week’s pay from £400 to £430.


  • Qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims expected to increase to 2 years’ continuous service.
  • Employment Tribunal reforms such as costs awards and deposit orders expected to come into effect.
  • Unpaid parental leave increase to 4 months.
  • SSP, maternity, paternity and adoption leave pay increases.


  • Pensions, Auto-enrolment begins for large employers.
  • Potential increase in national minimum wage.