Employment law update
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Have you got to grips with this month’s changes in employment law? We have a specialist HR/office/commercial department and ensure our candidates are on top of the latest legal news. We also run occasional seminars – if there is a topic below you would like more information on, get in touch today. The four key legal changes, according to XpertHR, include:
Antenatal rights for fathers and partners to take time off work to attend at least two appointments.
Employment tribunals must order equal pay audits. Where the employment tribunal finds that there has been an equal pay breach, the employer must carry out an equal pay audit unless an exception applies. National minimum wage increases from £6.31 to £6.50 with effect from 1 October 2014. The youth rate increases from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour.
Reservists better protected against unfair dismissal so that the normal two-year service requirement for bringing an unfair dismissal claim does not apply, and an employee may pursue a claim immediately in these circumstances. The introduction of shared parental leave in April 2015 is also bound to have an impact on Bournemouth businesses. With flexible working and parental rights being introduced to give employees a better work/life balance, it is essential that your HR department knows how to handle requests and balance business needs with employee rights.
The new Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 come into force on the December. Although they will only apply to parents of babies that are due to be born on or after 5th April 2015, now the legislation has been published, they are proving to be very complex and Paul Burton at Frettens Solicitors said they are receiving lots of questions about them already.
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Frettens Solicitors are carrying out our yearly employment law update and will be giving an overview of the legalities of both new and current employment law legislation. Paul Burton is an employment solicitor specialising in both contentious and non-contentious matters, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, contracts and policies. Representing both companies and employees he is recommended in 2014’s Chambers and Partners, an independent legal directory and also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.