Employment Law changes are coming
As every year unfolds, there are a number of employment law changes which are coming in the Spring so we wanted to make sure that you were aware of the changes so that you can prepare for them.
Don’t forget to make sure that your HR documents have been updated to reflect these changes.
From 5 April 2015, you will see:
1) Shared Parental Leave – Shared parental leave and pay will be introduced which will provide increased flexibility as to how parents share the care of their child in its first year. It will be available to couples with a baby due, or children placed for adoption, on or after 5 April 2015.
The parents will be able to share the mother’s maternity leave and, if available, maternity pay. Shared parental leave will also be available to employees who are, or expect to be, the parents of a child under a parental order, where the child’s expected week of birth begins on or after 5 April 2015.
2) Changes to Statutory Adoption Leave – Eligibility to adoption leave will be brought into line with maternity leave which will mean the removal of the 26-week qualifying period to be eligible to take adoption leave.
Statutory adoption pay will be the same as statutory maternity pay by setting it at 90% of average weekly earnings for the first 6 weeks.
Surrogate parents will become eligible for adoption leave. The leave will be available to employees who are, or expect to be, the parents of a child under a parental order, where the child’s expected week of birth begins on or after 5 April 2015.
3) Time Off to Attend Adoption Appointments – A new right to attend adoption appointments will be introduced which will mean that the main adopter will be able to take time off to attend up to 5, while the secondary adopter will be entitled to take time off for up to 2 such appointments.
4) Child’s Age Limit for Parental Leave increased to 18 – The age limit for the child will increase from 5 to 18 years. Parents with sufficient qualifying service will have the right to 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave up to the child’s 18th birthday.
5) Statutory Maternity Pay, Ordinary Paternity Pay and Adoption Pay Increase – Statutory maternity, ordinary statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay will increase.
6) Statutory Sick Pay Increases – Statutory Sick Pay increases on 6 April 2015.
7) Removal of Restrictions on Defined-Contribution Pension Pots – There will be the removal of certain restrictions in respect of how individuals can draw their benefits from their defined-contribution pension pots after age 55, from April 2015.
For more information on the topic, please contact Sue Green.