Employment Law Legislation Update - March 2015
Employment law solicitor Hazel Phillips looks at the latest legislation updates.
Although most employers have focused on the big changes to shared parental leave, employers should not forget that as of 5th April 2015, changes have been made to the rights for parents who are adopting as well. In particular:
- The main adopter will be able to take paid time off for up to five adoption appointments.The secondary adopter will be entitled to take unpaid time off for up to two appointments.
- Employees who adopt no longer need to have twenty-six weeks of continuous service in order to take adoption leave.The right to adoption leave will be automatic without any service requirements being imposed.
- Statutory adoption pay has also been changed to bring it in line with maternity pay.The first six weeks will be paid at 90% of the employee’s normal earnings and, thereafter, statutory adoption pay will now mirror statutory maternity pay in terms of value and the length of time for which pay can be claimed.
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Published: Friday 27th March 2015