September 29, 2014

Four October Employment Legislation Changes

So far this year, there are many Employment Law changes to get to grips with – such as the introduction of Early Conciliation by Acas and the extension of rights to flexible working.

As an employer, it’s vital you don’t overlook the changes that are taking place. Here are four changes that you need to know.

1. Fathers and partners can take time off for antenatal appointments

Now, Fathers and partners can time off with a pregnant woman to their antenatal appointment – for two occasions. This new right can be taken straight away for any new employee, with the exception of agency workers, who need a minimum service requirement to be eligible.

2. Equal pay audits in Employment Tribunals

In any equal pay claim after 1 October 2010, where a tribunal finds an equal pay breach, the employer now has to carry out an ‘equal pay audit’ – unless they are exempt

The exemptions relate to whether the employer has recently carried out an audit that meets requirements, and whether the benefits of an audit outweigh the drawbacks. This is set out in the Equality Act 2010 (Equal Pay Audits) Regulations 2014 relate to

3. National minimum wage rise

The national minimum wage has increased. Now, adult minimum wage has risen from £6.31 to £6.50, and 18 – 20 year olds minimum wage increased from £5.03 to £5.13.

4. Protection for reserve forces against unfair dismissal

If employees are dismissed mostly because they are members of the reserve forces, there will be no service requirement for claiming unfair dismissal claim and they can pursue it straight away.

If you need advice on the latest changes in Employment Legislation, let us know and we’ll do our best to help.

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Stuart Clough

Stuart (MCIPR) is a trained journalist, writer and marketer with ten years' experience in B2B, public sector and employee communications. A former marketing consultant and agency client-lead, Stuart is responsible for communications and content at Moorepay.