Employment Law: April Changes

1 Apr 2010

*April 4:

    Maternity, paternity and adoption pay are increased

The standard rates of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay increase from £123.06 to £124.88 per week from 4 April 2010.

*April 6:

    Additional paternity leave and pay legislation comes into force

The right to additional paternity leave and pay is introduced on 6 April 2010. This allows fathers to benefit from up to six months’ additional paternity leave if the mother returns to work before using her full entitlement to statutory maternity leave. The new right is available to parents of children with an expected week of childbirth beginning on or after 3 April 2011.

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    Employment tribunal “fast track” scheme introduced

An employment tribunal “fast track” scheme is introduced from 6 April 2010. The scheme has been created by the Ministry of Justice to help successful employees recover compensation from their employer where it has failed to pay a tribunal award.

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    Right to make a request in relation to training is introduced

A right for employees to make a request in relation to study or training, for example to request time off for training, is introduced from 6 April 2010.

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    “Fit note” system begins

Statements of fitness for work, or “fit notes”, will replace sick notes from 6 April 2010. The new fit note is intended to give employees and employers greater flexibility in managing sickness absence and to help more people to get the support that they need to get back to work.