On 28 February 2013, the House of Lords approved a series of government-proposed amendments to some of the employment law provisions currently contained in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERRB).
It has been previously indicated by the government that some of the employment provisions of the ERRB will come into force as early as March this year and a third reading of the Bill is scheduled to take place on 18 March 2013.
The recent House of Lord amendments to the ERRB concern whistleblowing, financial penalties on employers where there are ‘aggravating circumstances’ to an employment tribunal claim, and dismissals of employees for their political opinions or affiliation. All are subject to approval by the House of Commons but it is unlikely that the ERRB will undergo any further significant change as a result.
The amendments, which will become law when the provisions are brought into force later this year, are outlined in articles linked to below:
Further information on the House of Lords amendments can be found here.