Changes to employment law mainly affecting families came into force on 5th April 2015, the main changes are summarised below. To check your possible entitlement and to calculate your leave and pay using the Government website calculator found here: https://www.gov.uk/pay-leave-for-parents
Shared Parental leave.
Parents of a child born after 5th April 2015 will be able to share 37 weeks paid leave and 50 weeks total leave. This leave can be taken simultaneously allowing for quality family time in that all important formative year.
To check your personal eligibility visit the government’s web site and use the checking tools.
Adoptive parents will be entitled to rights putting them in a similar position to other parents. Both adoption and maternity pay will be treated the same and the periods of service prior to qualification for such pay and leave is also now the same. A single adoptive parent will be entitled to attend adoption appointments on full pay, where there are 2 adoptive parents, one will be able to attend 5 adoption appointments fully paid and the second parent can attend two unpaid appointments, shared parental leave is also applicable.
The old discriminatory laws regarding surrogate parents have also been abolished meaning surrogate parents will have the same rights as adoptive parents
The maximum compensation for unfair dismissal is now either £78,335 or a year’s pay, whichever is the lowest.
• The weekly pay for statutory redundancy payments has increased to £475
• Maximum statutory redundancy payment has increased to £14250
• Statutory maternity rates increase to £139.58 per week
• Statutory sick pay has increased to £88.45 per week
For further information on these changes you can contact an Employment Solicitor or visit
https://www.gov.uk/shared-parental-leave-and-pay/overview or http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1637 for further information.