Summaries of forthcoming and recently implemented legislation, with effective dates.

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National Health Service Pension Scheme (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2014 come into force

The Regulations amend two statutory instruments relating to pensions and benefits provided for NHS staff.

21 July 2014

Pensions Act 2011 (Commencement No.5) Order 2014 comes into force

The order brings into force s.29 of the Pensions Act 2011, which amends the definition of "money purchase benefits" in various Acts.

24 July 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

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (Amendment) (No.2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2014 comes into force

The Order amends the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) Order 1979 (SR 1979/195), to permit the Financial Conduct Authority to take spent convictions into account when exercising certain functions relating to payment institutions and electronic money institutions.

1 August 2014

School Staffing (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 come into force

The Regulations amend the definition of "safer recruitment training" under the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2680).

1 September 2014

Certificate of Professional Competence renewal date for lorry drivers with "acquired rights"

Lorry drivers with "acquired rights", ie drivers who held a vocational driving licence when the driver Certificate of Professional Competence was introduced on 10 September 2009, must renew their certificate by taking 35 hours of periodic training within five years of this date.

9 September 2014

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

Shared parental leave regulations come into force

The draft Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 set out the qualification requirements for shared parental leave and the draft Maternity and Adoption Leave (Curtailment of Statutory Rights to Leave) Regulations 2014 allow eligible women to curtail their right to maternity leave to enable their partner to take shared parental leave.

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

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