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Employment Law Round up for 2015 – the year so far…….

As we get ready for the summer holidays, Employment Lawyer, Paula Stuart takes the time to summarise some key changes to employment law 2015 so far……..

  • Shared Parental Leave was introduced for all couples with a baby due, or children placed for adoption on or after 5th April 2014. Parents can now share the mother’s maternity leave.
  • Changes to Adoption Leave and Pay – couples no longer require the 26 weeks qualifying period to be eligible for adoption leave and adoption pay so the rights are brought in line with statutory maternity pay.
  • Child age limit for Parental Leave rises to 18 – as from 5th April 2015 parents who qualify can now have the right to take 18 weeks unpaid parental leave up to the child’s 18th birthday.
  • Restrictions on Zero Hours contracts – as from 26th May 2015 exclusivity clauses in zero hours contract were made unenforceable.
  • Employee can carry over holiday whilst on sick leave –the EAT held that an employee does not need to be unable to take holiday whilst on sick leave to carry over holiday but this is limited this to 18 months from the end of the leave year.
  • Collective Redundancy – the CJEU ruled that for collective redundancy requirements to be triggered there must be at least 20 employees to be made redundant from one establishment and  not the business as a whole.
  • Curtailment of back dated holiday pay – from 1 July 2015 a two year cap was placed on the period workers can claim a series of unlawful deductions from wages where the deductions relate to any fee, bonus, commission, holiday pay or other emolument.

If you require any advice on any employment matter, please contact Paula Stuart at pstuart@geoffreyleaver.com or on 01908 689345.