Workplace Legislation Changes - April 2015

26/03/2015

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In April 2015 several rules regarding the workplace are set to change and it is important that all businesses throughout the country are ready and up-to-date once the time comes. Here is a summary of the changes and everything you need to know.

Statutory Sick Pay, Maternity and Redundancy Pay

Starting the 6th April statutory sick pay rate increases from £87.55 to £88.45 per week. Maternity pay, including ordinary and additional paternity and adoption pay, also increases from £138.18 to £139.58. The maximum amount of a week’s pay for calculating statutory redundancy pay will also change to £475.

Parental Leave

Parental leave, the right to unpaid time off, will be extended to parents of any child below 18 years of age.

Shared Parental Leave

Employees whose child is born on or after 5th April 2015 or adopted on 6th April 2015 will now have the right to request shared parental leave and pay. Meaning that both parents can share the mother’s entitlement to maternity leave once the child is born or adopted.

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) also lets employees suggest a flexible pattern of leave to their employer. They have the right to take SPL in up to 3 separate blocks but their employer can agree to more. Employers can also let their employees split each block into several shorter periods of work and leave.

Tribunal Costs

Finally there will be new compensation limits for employment tribunal costs. The limit for a weeks pay will increase to £475 when calculating compensation for unfair dismissal, making the new maximum compensation amount £78,335.

It’s important for any business to keep up to date with all rules and regulations to ensure that you, employees and employers are all treated fairly in the workplace.