May 6, 2015

Employment Law Legislation Changes 2015

Employment Law Legislation Changes 2015

With effect from the beginning of April 2015, the following employment legislation changes detailed below will take place, which means you will need to amend your employee handbook with immediate effect.

 

Shared Parental Leave and Pay
With effect from April 5th 2015, Shared Parental Leave and Pay will be introduced as a completely new piece of legislation. The policy means that mum and dad have greater flexibility when it comes to caring for their baby during the first year and can share leave and pay arrangements if eligible.

 

Changes to Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay
There are significant changes being made to Adoption Leave. Moving forward there will no longer be a 26-week qualifying period to be eligible to take adoption leave, meaning that it will be in line with the eligibility requirements for maternity leave.
Statutory Adoption Pay will be brought into line with statutory maternity pay by setting it at 90% of average weekly earnings for the first six weeks.
Surrogate parents will also become eligible for adoption leave.

 

New right to take time off to attend adoption appointments
The Children and Families Act 2013 introduces a new right to attend adoption appointments. The main adopter will be able to take time off to attend up to five appointments, while the secondary adopter will be entitled to take time off for up to two appointments.

 

Child’s age limit for Parental Leave increases from 5 to 18
Parental Leave is not the same as Shared Parental Leave and from 5 April 2015, parents with sufficient qualifying service will have the right to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave up to the child’s 18th birthday, whereas previously the child had to be 5 or younger.

 

New Fit for Work service available for employees with sickness absence of four weeks or more
The new Fit for Work service is scheduled to be rolled out in England and Wales over the next year, offering employers access to free occupational assistance for employees who have been off sick for four weeks or more.

 

Statutory Maternity Pay, Ordinary Paternity Pay and Adoption Pay
The rates of Statutory Maternity Pay, Ordinary Paternity Pay and Adoption Pay will increase on 5 April 2015 to £139.58 per week.

 

Statutory Sick Pay increases
The standard rate of Statutory Sick Pay increases on 6 April 2015 to £88.45 per week.

 

If you need any advice on the legislation changes, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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