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Employment Law Updates

This page is updated annually. Last update April 2023. Written by Susan Mayall, Employment Law Solicitor and Head of the Employment Law Team, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers.

Employment law changes in April 2023 to be aware of:

April is always a changing point for employment law and from April 2023, there are a number of key issues which come into force which employers need to be aware of, including:-

From the 6th April 2023 the latest Vento bands for damages and injury to feeling have been issued:

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals have published the revised bands of compensation for injury to feelings in discrimination cases

The new bands, for claims issued on or after 6 April 2023, are:-

  • lower band: this will be for the least serious cases, such as where the discriminatory act is a one-off - £1,100 to £11,200k
  • middle band: serious cases, but ones where an award in the highest band would not be appropriate - £11,200k to £33,700k
  • upper band: these are the most serious cases, such as where there has been a lengthy campaign of discriminatory harassment which has a profound effect on the victim - £33,700k to £56,200k (with the possibility of the most serious cases exceeding £56,200k)

What are the Vento guidelines?

They are named after a landmark case from 2003 (Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police) where the Court of Appeal set out clear guidelines for courts and Tribunals to apply when they are assessing injury to feelings awards.

If you need help adapting or preparing for new Rules and Regulation, please contact the Head of Our Employment Team, Susan Mayall on 0161 684 6948.