26 Mar 2012

Good Friday for statutory instruments

Friday 6 April is one of two main dates in the legal calendar when statutory instruments come into effect

These include The Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 2012, increasing to two years the qualifying period required to qualify for the right to claim unfair dismissal. The Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2012 enables employment judges sitting alone to hear certain unfair dismissal cases.

The Pensions Act 2008 (Abolition of Protected Rights) (Consequential Amendments) (No 2) (Amendment) Order 2012 removes protection given to protected right payments in bankruptcy proceedings.

The Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2012 specifies 3% as the percentage by which that part of any guaranteed minimum pension attributable to earnings factors for the tax years 1988/89 to 1996/97 and payable by contracted-out, defined benefit occupational pension schemes is to be increased.

The Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 sets the level of the lower earnings limit for primary and secondary class 1 contributions for the coming tax year.