Government reforms (3): Statutory rates increase

What do we already know? Annually in April the annual increase in statutory pay rates come into effect which are normally increase in line with the consumer price index (CPI). What’s new? The following proposed increases to statutory payments will be effective in April 2018: The weekly rate of: Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will rise…
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Case update (3): Discrimination and shared parental leave pay

Summary:  Is it direct sex discrimination not to pay full salary to a father taking shared parental leave, in circumstances where a mother taking maternity leave during the same period would have received full pay? Yes, says the Tribunal in Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd, available here.   Facts:  The Employer, Capita Customer Management…
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Newsflash: Statutory rate increases

What do we already know? Most years in April the annual increase in statutory pay rates come into effect. The rates normally increase each April in line with the consumer price index (CPI). However a 0.1% fall in the CPI in the year to September 2015 meant that there was no increase to the rates…
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Case update (1): Discrimination & shared parental leave pay

What do we already know? We updated you in our recent October 2016 Newsflash Discrimination & shared parental leave pay on the case of Mr Snell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited in which a Tribunal award was made to a male employee of almost £30,000 for sex discrimination after his employer offered him only statutory…
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Newsflash: Discrimination & shared parental leave pay

What do we already know? We updated you in our October 2014 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Family friendl(ier) – shared parental leave and pay  on the introduction and detail of shared parental leave.  We also warned you of the risks of discrimination claims if you do not offer the same rate of pay to both…
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Government reforms (1): Spring changes – are you ready?

The following changes are on their way in April: 1 April 2016 National Living Wage: a new mandatory National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour will be introduced from 1 April 2016 for workers aged 25 or over. The National Minimum Wage will continue to apply to other workers (current rate (until September 2016) is…
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Newsflash: No increase to statutory rates

What do we already know? Various statutory rates such as maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay usually increase every year in April in line with the consumer price index (CPI). However, there is no statutory requirement to uplift these rates every year. What’s new? The Government has proposed that…
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Newsflash: Shared grandparental leave

What do we already know? In our June Newsletter Government reforms (1): Family friendly – grandparents have rights too? we updated you that David Cameron had said during Prime Minister’s Question Time that he would look at Labour’s plans to allow grandparents to share their children’s ordinary parental leave. What’s new? It has been confirmed…
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Government reforms (3): Shared parental leave – final regulations

What do we already know? We know that Shared Parental Leave is coming into force on 1 December 2014 in respect of babies due on or after 5 April 2015. We set out our guide on the new right in our October Newsletter Government reforms (1): Family friend(lier) – shared parental leave and pay. At…
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Government reforms (1): Family friendl(ier) – shared parental leave and pay

We’ve told you about the Government’s and ACAS’s guidance (available here and here) on shared parental leave. However, given its imminent arrival on 1 December 2014 we thought it was time to provide you with our own bespoke guide. Particularly since the new rules apply to babies due on or after 5 April 2015, which…
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