Recent Changes In Employment Law

The law relating to employment rights changes on a frequent basis. October 2014 has seen some drastic changes and employers should be aware so they can change their company policy and handbook if required.

The national minimum wage has now increased to £6.50 for adult workers (over 21), £5.13 for youth workers (18-20), £3.79 for young workers (under 18) and £2.73 for apprentices.

There have been changes relating to parental rights. Expectant fathers (including same sex couples) can now take unpaid time off work to attend up to two antenatal appointments. This is an attempt to encourage fathers to play an active role in their child’s life. The government is expected to bring in further changes in April 2015.

With employment claims relating to equal pay, the Employment Tribunal can now order the employer to provide an equal pay audit if the employer is in breach of the Equality Act 2010. The employer must provide the pay rate and gender of employees, the reason for difference in pay for people doing the same job and a plan of resolution.

There is also an increase in employment rights for military reservist (formerly know as the Territorial Army). An employee of the MR must now wait two years before qualifying to bring an unfair dismissal claim. This in particular relates to employees who claim to be dismissed because of their membership to a reserve force.

If you have any queries on employment law, please do not hesitate to get in touch.