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In September

   •   The new ‘employee shareholder’ status which was passed in the Growth and Infrastructure Act was introduced - from 1 September. Those accepting employee shareholder contracts will agree to giving up certain employment rights in return for company shares.

In October

   •   National Minimum Wage rates increased from 1 October: the standard adult rate to £6.31, the development rate for those age 18-20 to £5.03, the young workers rate for those age 16-17 to £3.72, and the apprentice rate to £2.68.

   •   The third party harassment provisions of the Equality Act 2012 were repealed - from 1 October.

   •   Further changes to immigration rules come into effect.

Employment-related Acts and Bills

   •   The wide-ranging Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 includes changes to employment tribunal claims, procedures, settlement and compensation; whistleblowing; health and safety; and provisions in the Equality Act 2010, as well as many other smaller changes and non-employment-related issues.

   •   The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 introduces the new employee shareholder status which the Government intends to make available in September 2013.

   •   The Children and Families Bill was introduced to House of Commons on 4 February 2013. It introduces a new shared parental leave system and statutory shared parental pay, a right to time off for antenatal care, and extends the right to request flexible working to all employees. If passed, many of these changes are expected to be introduced in 2014-15.

   •   The Pensions Bill bringing further changes to the state pension was introduced to the House of Commons on 9 May 2013.

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