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Saturday 25 February 2017

Hold On Boss!

If you reckon your employer is hell-bent on firing you, see if you can devise a way to distract them until 6 April 2017. That's because the amount of compensation you can be awarded in the case of unfair dismissal (and other unlawful actions) gets a 2% retail prices index increase for prohibited steps taken on or after that date. The increases are given force by the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 SI 2017/175.

Here is a flavour for what may be in store. The unfair dismissal minimum basic award rises from  £5,853 to £5,970 and the maximum  unfair dismissal compensatory award is increased from £78,962 to £80,541. The maximum amount of a week's pay which is used for calculating redundancy payments and for various awards including the basis or additional compensation awards for unfair dismissal goes up from £479 to £489.