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06th April 2015

Changes to Employment Law

As we have now become accustomed to the 5th and 6th, April will see a number of changes to employment legislation coming into effect.

As we have now become accustomed to the 5th and 6th, April will see a number of changes to employment legislation coming into effect. On 5th April: The new system of Shared Parental Leave will be available to parents of children due to be born or placed for adoption with them on or after that date. The requirement for an employee to have 26 weeks service with their employer before being eligible to take adoption leave will be removed. Prospective adopters will also have the right to attend adoption appointments and be protected from dismissal or any other detriment in relation to exercising that right. The existing unpaid parental leave regime will be extended to parents of children aged between 5 and 18. On 6th April various statutory payments and limits are increased, including: The maximum compensation in unfair dismissal cases will increase from £76,574 to £78,335. The limit on a week’s pay used to calculate statutory redundancy payments will increase from £464 to £475. If you have any queries about this or any other employment law issue please email Clare Waller by clicking here or contact your usual Hewitsons contact. For more information about our Employment Services please click here.

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