Employment law updates effective from April 2015


Employers are subject to a large number of compliance requirements under UK employment law, and Landsker is well placed to provide support in ensuring this compliance. Listed below are the key changes in legislation that came into force earlier in April 2015 that affect all employers.

Shared parental leave and pay applies to parents of children due to be born on or after 5 April 2015

Parents are now able to share the 50 weeks of leave available for the care of a newly born or adopted child and the pay associated with it. This is a complex are of HR management and employers are encouraged to seek advice on its implementation.

Changes to adoption legislation came into force on 5 April 2015

Adoption leave and pay will reflect entitlements available to birth parents and these changes will come into effect for parents who have children placed for adoption on after 5 April 2015: Intended parents in surrogacy and ‘foster to adopt’ arrangements will also qualify for adoption leave and pay.

Unpaid parental leave is extended  from the 5th April 2015

Under the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. (Amendment) Regulations 2014 the right to take unpaid parental leave will be extended to parents of any child under the age of 18.

Family friendly statutory payment rates increased on 5 April 2015 and statutory sick pay increased on 6 April 2015

Under the Welfare Benefits Uprating Order 2015 the following rates increased in April 2015:

  • Statutory maternity pay (SMP), statutory paternity pay (SPP), statutory additional paternity pay (ASPP), statutory adoption pay (SAP) and statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) increased to £139.58 a week from 5 April 2015
  • Statutory sick pay (SSP) increased to £88.45 a week from 6 April 2015
  • Compensation limits on certain tribunal awards increased on 6 April 2015

The two important changes are:

  • A week’s pay increased to £475
  • The cap on the compensatory award increased to £78,335They apply where the effective date of termination is on or after 6 April 2015.

Student nurses and midwives come under whistleblowing protection from 6 April 2015

The Protected Disclosures (Extension of Meaning of Worker) Order 2015 came into force on 6 April 2015. The Order will bring student nurses and student midwives under whistleblowing protection.

NOTE: Landsker provides these notes as guidance only and they are not intended as legal advice. Please contact Landsker if you need advice on any of the above changes.


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