Spring, daffodils, lambs & Easter chocolate – and changes to Employment Law in April 2015

April 9, 2015 8:46 am Published by

April each year brings the coming of spring, daffodils, lambs and Easter chocolate – and also a batch of far less interesting changes to employment law.   Still, you would be wise to be aware of the legal changes and so below is a summary of those for April 2015.

5 April 2015

  • Shared parental leave. The new system of shared parental leave will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption with them on or after 5 April 2015. Eligible employees will be entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks’ leave and 39 weeks’ statutory pay upon the birth or adoption of a child, which can be shared between the parents.
  • More rights for adopters. Adopters will benefit from these increased rights:
    • Removal of the requirement for 26 weeks’ service before employees become entitled to adoption leave.
    • Both single and joint adopters will have the right to attend adoption appointments and will be protected from suffering a detriment or being dismissed in relation to exercising that right.
    • Statutory adoption pay will be brought into line with statutory maternity pay.
    • Current adoption rights will be extended to couples adopting a child from outside the UK and couples fostering children as part of a Fostering for Adoption placement.
  • Unpaid parental leave. The age of a child up to which unpaid parental leave may be taken, will be increased from the child’s fifth birthday up to the child’s eighteenth birthday.

 

6 April 2015

  • National minimum wage consolidation. The National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/621) will come into force on 6 April 2015, consolidating the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/584) and subsequent amending regulations into one piece of legislation. The regulations will also simplify the drafting and clarify the existing legislative framework but not make substantive policy changes to the rules.
  • Steps to combat false self-employment. The amended record-keeping, returns and penalties provisions under the Finance Act 2015 intended to combat false self-employment through service companies will apply from 6 April onwards (with the first return due by 5 August 2015).

If you need advice or further details about any of the above changes and how they may apply to you, please contact Frances Barker.

Frances Barker, Employment Partner

Tel 01473 343911  frb@blockslegal.co.uk