The first half of 2014 was certainly active in terms of new legislation, what with TUPE reform and Early Conciliation and flexible working. The second half will follow suit. Here is a rundown of the employment law developments to expect for the remainder of the year:
Final TUPE amendment
For all TUPE transfers taking place on or after 31st inform and consult his staff on the transfer directly. This will not be the case where there are already channels for consultation already in existence e.g. where there is a trade union presence or worker representatives who are suitable for consultation. Where there are no such existing channels, there will be no need to hold an election to elect such representatives. The employer must have no more than 10 staff in his organisation for this to apply.
National Minimum Wage increases
October, the minimum rates will increase as follows:
• adult rate – from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour
• 18 to 20 year olds rate – from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour
• 16 to 17 year olds rate – from £3.72 to £3.79 per hour
• apprentice rate – from £2.68 to £2.73 per hour
Fathers to be given right to time off for ante natal classes
From 1st October, fathers will be given the right to take time off work to attend ante natal appointments. This right only extends to time off for 2 classes, and the time taken will be unpaid. It will be unlawful to dismiss an employee for taking time off under this right.
Equal Pay Audits
From 1st October, Employment Tribunals will be given the power to order that an employer who is found to have breached equal pay legislation undertakes an equal pay audit and publishes the results.
Shared Parental Leave
The Shared Parental Leave Regulations will come into force on 1st scheme of taking leave when a baby is born will only apply to parents of babies born on or after 5th April 2015.
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