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Employment law changes coming up

With the start of a new parliamentary term we at Lawgistics like to keep clients fully updated on likely changes in law in the future.

The recent introduction of changes in paid holiday entitlement led to a number of enquiries from clients whose workforce felt they were due more holiday.

In fact, in all cases the clients were giving the workforce sufficient paid holiday to comply with the new legislation.

But what is round the corner?

There is planned a new Employment Simplification Bill.

This will remove the existing statutory dispute resolution procedures (disciplinary and grievance procedures).

The procedures were designed to reduce Employment Tribunal cases but unfortunately have not done so.

There is also likely to be a new single Equality Act, which will consolidate all the various ‘discrimination’ Acts.

There are planned a number of measures to tighten up enforcement of minimum wage legislation.

Previously we have reported Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance and Statutory Adoption Pay was to be extended from 39 weeks to 52 weeks.

Further Additional Paternity Leave and Pay was to be introduced during this Parliament. Employees will be pleased to note this programme has now been postponed from April 2009 to April 2010.

Visit www.lawgistics.co.uk or call 0870 26 77 118 for more information.

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