January 2015 Blog – recent changes and the year ahead….


Happy New Year!

2014 was an interesting and challenging year with many significant cases and changes in law. To make sure you are ready for the year ahead as a business or an individual, please see the recent and forthcoming changes in employment law below…


Recent and forthcoming changes in Employment Law


When Development
1 December 2014 The Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave (Parental Order Cases) Regulations 2014 and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (Parental Order Cases) Regulations 2014 came into force. Together with the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Application of Sections 75A, 75B, 75G, 75H, 80A and 80B to Parental Order Cases) Regulations 2014 (which came into force on 25 November 2014), these regulations gave various rights to the intended parents of a child born to a surrogate mother.
1 December 2014 Ban of “overseas only” recruitment by employment agencies takes effect.
31 December 2014 Proposed rules on bonus clawback to come into force as amendments to the Remuneration Code.
1 January 2015 Lock v British Gas Trading Limited and others employment tribunal hearing on whether holiday pay should include commission.
7 January 2015 The House of Lords Committee stage of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15 is scheduled to begin. Previously, it had been reported that the Committee stages would take place in February 2015, which may refer to the employment sections.
5 February 2015 The Advocate General’s opinion in the Woolworths case is due to be released.
30 March 2015 Parliament will be dissolved and the period of pre-election purdah will commence.
5 April 2015 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 5 April 2015.
5 April 2015 Removal of the requirement for 26 weeks’ service before employees become entitled to adoption leave, introduction of a new right for both single and joint adopters to attend adoption appointments together with protection against suffering a detriment or being dismissed in relation to exercising that right and prevention of employees taking paternity leave if they have exercised a right to take paid time off to attend an adoption appointment in respect of that child etc.
5 April 2015 Provisions of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc (Amendment) Regulations 2014 to come into force, extending the existing unpaid parental leave regime to parents of children aged between five and 18.
5 April 2015 Provisions of the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 to come into force, extending current rights to adoption leave contained in the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2002 to individuals fostering a child under the “Fostering for Adoption” scheme run by local authorities.
5 April 2015 The Shared Parental Leave and Paternity and Adoption Leave (Adoptions from Overseas) Regulations 2014 and the Statutory Shared Parental Pay (Adoption from Overseas) Regulations 2014 come into force. Together with the earlier Employment Rights Act 1996 (Application of Sections 75G and 75H to Adoptions from Overseas) Regulations 2014 (which came into force on 25 November 2014), these aim to include couples who are adopting a child from outside the UK in the right to shared parental leave and pay.
6 April 2015 The amended record-keeping, returns and penalties provisions under the Finance Bill 2014 intended to combat false self-employment through service companies will apply from 6 April 2015 (with the first return due by 5 August 2015).
7 May 2015 General election.
Autumn 2015 New tax-free childcare scheme to be introduced.
Autumn 2015 Draft order to outlaw caste discrimination expected.



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