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|
The Government proposes to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees and remove the current statutory procedure for considering requests. Instead employers will have a duty to consider all requests in a reasonable manner; employers will have the right to refuse requests on business grounds.
|30 June |
|Duty to inform and consult under TUPE for micro business|
Employers who employ fewer than 10 employer will comply with the duty to inform and consult under the new TUPE regulations by informing and consulting directly with the affected employee.
|31 July 2014|
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 - Government response to the review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain.
|To be confirmed|
Fathers right to time off for antenatal appointments
The Children and families Act allows fathers to be and partners of pregnant women, to take time off to attend two antenatal appointments with the expectant mother.
|1 October 2014|
|National Minimum Wage increase|
£6.50 for workers 21 and over
|1 October 2014|
Flexible parental leave
For parents of children born or matched for adoption on or after 5 April 2015
Under this new system parents will be able to choose how they share the care of their child during the first year after birth. Mothers will still take at least the initial two week following the birth, following that they can choose to end the maternity leave and the parents can opt to share the remaining leave as flexible parental leave. Also under this new shared parental leave it is proposed to allow the husband, civil partner or partner of the pregnant women the right to unpaid time off to attend up to 2 ante-natal appointments.
|1 October 2014|
Parental Leave extended to 18
The right to unpaid parental leave will be extended to parents of any child under the age of 18 years.
Surrogate parents eligible for adoption leave
Provided they meet the eligibility criteria parents who have a child through surrogacy will be permitted to take ordinary paternity leave and pay, adoption leave and pay and shared parental leave and pay. Both parents will also be entitled to take unpaid time off to attend two antenatal appointments with the woman carrying the child.
School leaving age to rise to 18
|Upper age limit for jury service is increased|
The upper age limit for jury service will increase from 70 to 75.
|To be announced|
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