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Fathers gain right to time off for antenatal appointments

Expectant fathers, and partners of pregnant women, may take time off work to attend two antenatal appointments with the expectant mother.

1 October 2014

Tribunals given power to order equal pay audits

Employment tribunals are required to order an equal pay audit where the employer has breached the equal pay provisions under the Equality Act 2010, except in prescribed circumstances.

1 October 2014

National minimum wage rises to £6.50 per hour

The national minimum wage increases in line with the Low Pay Commission's recommendations.

1 October 2014

Duty to inform and consult under TUPE amended for micro-businesses

The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/16) provide that a micro-business, which is an employer with fewer than 10 employees, may comply with its duty to inform and consult under TUPE by informing and consulting directly with affected employees.

31 July 2014

Right to request flexible working extended to all employees

The Children and Families Act 2014 extends the right to request flexible working to all employees.

30 June 2014

Time frame for providing employee liability information under TUPE amended

The Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/16) amend reg.11 of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/246).

1 May 2014

Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay increase

The rate of statutory maternity pay, ordinary and additional statutory paternity pay and statutory adoption pay increases.

6 April 2014

Statutory sick pay increases

The standard rate of statutory sick pay increases.

6 April 2014

Employment tribunal award limits amended

Limits applying to various tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment legislation are amended.

6 April 2014

Early conciliation comes into force

Potential claimants are required to lodge specified details with Acas prior to issuing a tribunal claim.

6 April 2014

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