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News - 22 January 2015

Employment law changes for 2015

April 2015 will see a host of changes to pay for new parents and sick pay with statutory pay rates for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, increasing to £139.56 per week.

Statutory sick pay (SSP) rates will increase to £88.45 per week. Statutory adoption leave and pay will no longer have the 26-week qualifying period, and adoption pay will be brought in line with maternity pay, which will be 90% of normal earnings for the first six weeks.

In addition, the right to unpaid parental leave will be extended to parents of any child under the age of 18 years.

David Nelson of the Payroll Department of ABDS comments:
“From April, surrogate parents will also be eligible for adoption leave, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. Parents who have a child through surrogacy will be permitted to take ordinary paternity leave and pay, adoption leave and pay and shared parental leave and pay. Both parents will also be entitled to take unpaid time off to attend two antenatal appointments with the woman carrying the child.”

Armed forces reservists will also be exempt from two year qualifying period for unfair dismissal where the reason for dismissal is that they are a reservist, although the date for this change is yet to be confirmed.

There will also be final changes for younger staff with the Education and Skills Act 2008 being finalised. From this year all young people will need to be in education or training, at least part-time until the age of 18 (England).

Upper age limit for jury service will increase from 70 to 75 (England and Wales), with dates to be announced.

If you need any help and advice for your business on Payroll and National Insurance, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Liz Kennett to discuss how ABDS can help

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
Tel: 023 8083 6900  E-mail: abds@netaccountants.net

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