As the employee relations adviser for the the CIPD, Mike Emmott said "The sharp increase in employment tribunals following the swathe of redundancies in the recession should send a clear warning to employers that they simply cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to the law."
The Equality Bill alone is a major change that will force employers to review their existing equality strategies. This Bill will have an effect on such areas as equal pay, positive action, harassment and disability."
CIPD reports that employers must also be watchful of other issues and changes in rules and regulations due later this year on:
- fit notes
- additional maternity and paternity pay
- the national minimum wage
- enactment of the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006