Employment law update
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The Government has announced several proposed changes to employment law. It has also launched a number of consultations on further proposed changes. A round up of these changes is listed below to help people understand them and their potential impact.
Employment Law updates timetable
|Proposed changes to employment law||Launch date|
Managing sickness absence
A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering free occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence. Further information is available from GOV.UK - Fit for Work guidance.
|Roll out during 2015|
The National Living Wage
The introduction of a compulsory National Living Wage in April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over will be set at £7.20 per hour.
|1 April 2016|
|Change to the income tax person allowance|
The personal allowance increases to £11,000 and the higher rate tax threshold increases to £43,000.
|6 April 2016|
|Compulsory gender pay differences|
Employers will be required to publish whether or not there are differences in gender pay.
|Tax-free childcare scheme|
Families where both parents work and each earns less that £150,000 per year will be eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs of up to £2,000 for each child or £4,000 if the child is disabled.
|Shared Parental Leave for grandparents|
Shared Parental Leave is to be extended to allow grandparents to take time off work to help with childcare.
Acas employment law update training
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