The Bribery Act 2010 introduces wide-ranging definitions of acts that may constitute a “bribe”, which may include acts performed outside the UK by non-UK nationals.
The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2010 came into force on 1 February 2011, increasing the compensation available for a range of statutory employment rights where the date of breach falls on or after 1 February 2011.
The Coalition Government has launched a consultation on ways to encourage early resolution of workplace disputes. Although there is a clear agenda to cut the cost of running the employment tribunal service, which has seen significant rises in claims during the recession, the Government believes that changes to increase labour market flexibility will encourage employers to take on more staff, thereby stimulating the economy.
The ability to use compromise agreements to create binding settlement of potentially high value claims under the Equality Act 2010 has been called into doubt by lawyers.