All those dealing with HR and employment issues need to be aware that four changes are coming into force on 29 July 2013.

These are:

1. The introduction of 'protected conversations'.

2. Changes to the Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedure;

3. The introduction of fees in Employment Tribunals; and

4. Changes to compromise agreements (NB. See below for our offer of free help).

For our recent posts on our Employment Radar blog on protected conversations, see:

We Need to Talk: ACAS Publishes New Code of Practice on Pre-termination Negotiations

Automatic Unfair Dismissal Checklist

Or listen to our podcasts:

Settlement Agreements and PTNs

Terms of a Settlement Agreement

Other considerations for Settlement Agreements

For more on changes to the Rules of Procedure, see our recent posts below:

Radical Changes in Tribunals

All Change at the Employment Tribunal, Part 2

The introduction of fees will largely be paid by Claimants, however it is likely that sometimes at least those sums will be passed on to Respondents when looking at compensation/settlement amounts. Employers will want to know what is involved.

For more information on fees, see here.

The main change to compromise agreements is that they will be known as settlement agreements.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.