What To Look Out For In 2015

The most significant changes to legislation relate to family friendly rights which come into effect on 5 April 2015:

  • The new system of shared parental leave will be available for parents of children due to be born or placed with them for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. We reported on the key aspects of the new system in our August Newsletter
  • Changes to the rights of adopters and the time that can be taken off to attend adoption appointments
  • The extension of current rights to adoption leave for individuals fostering children under the “Fostering for Adoption” scheme
  • The extension of rights for couples adopting children from outside the UK
  • Parental leave will be extended to parents of children between aged five and 18

If you need assistance updating your family friendly policies please get in touch with any member of the team.

There are a number of significant cases where decisions are expected in early 2015.  In relation to collective redundancy the judgment in the Woolworths case regarding the meaning of the words “at one establishment” is expected and will have a significant effect on the practicality of conducting collective consultation processes for businesses with more than one site.

Lock -v- British Gas Trading Limited is due to be heard on 4 February 2015 regarding whether a worker whose pay comprises of basic pay and sales-related commission should receive holiday pay of more than just basic pay.

The outcome of the second judicial review application brought by Unison regarding the Employment Tribunal fees regime is expected in 2015 following the recent statistics showing a significant decline in the number of claims being brought.

We will report on these important decisions in 2015.  

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss any issues with our Employment team, please do not hesitate to contact them.