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Employment Law Update

With spring upon us, a number of employment law changes took effect last week on 5 April. As a result, employers will need to review their policies and procedures to ensure they are up to date in light of these changes.

Here’s a quick reminder of those changes to be aware of:

  1. Shared Parental Leave and Pay schemes came into effect in respect of babies born or children placed for adoption on or after 5 April. Parents will be able to share 52 weeks’ leave and 39 weeks’ pay.
  2. Adoptive parents’ will no longer be subject to a qualifying period to take leave and the adoption pay provisions have been more closely aligned with that provided to mothers by way of statutory maternity pay. Adopters also gained rights to attend adoption appointments.
  3. Eligible employees will now be able to exercise their right to take unpaid parental leave up to their child’s 18th birthday.

Separately, employers should not forget that changes to various rates and limits also came into force between 5 and 6 April. Clink here for a summary of the key figures to be aware of.

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