Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 Receives Royal Assent


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Posted on 26 Mar 2015

The Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 25 March 2015. 

The Act includes a number of provisions of interest to employers, including:

  • A requirement to introduce compulsory gender pay reporting for employers with 250 or more employees. For more information see our update
  • Annual whistleblowing reports by prescribed persons. For further information see our update
  • Financial penalties for employers who do not pay employment tribunal awards or sums due under an Acas COT3. The penalty will be 50% of the unpaid sum, subject to a minimum of £100 and a maximum of £5,000 and will be paid to the government. In addition the government has announced that it proposes to name and shame employers that have been issued with a penalty.
  • A limit on the number of postponements of tribunal hearings and costs consequences where a successful postponement application is made less than seven days before a hearing.
  • A power to increase national minimum wage fines by applying the maximum penalty on a per worker basis. 
  • A ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.
  • Provisions on public sector exit payments. 
  • None of the provisions are currently in force.

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