Changes to Employment Legislation
Introduced on 5th April 2009
The minimum paid holiday entitlement for those working full time is now 28 days, including bank holidays. For part timers this is applied pro rata.
Although new contracts do not need to be issued staff should be advised of this change.
Changes in the right to request flexible working for dependent relatives
Employees with children up to the age of 16 (18 for a disabled child), can now apply for flexible working. This right also extends to employees who are responsible for the care of a dependent adult such as a spouse or partner, relative or other adult living at the employee's address.
Changes to disciplinary and grievance procedure
Changes to the way disciplinary issues are dealt with are intended to make the system of dispute resolution more efficient. The new ACAS Code of Practice now applies to disciplinary and grievance matters. Just 10 pages, and 44 paragraphs long, it is worth taking time to download a copy of the Code and longer guidance notes form the ACAS website.
Increase in statutory redundancy pay
Whilst it was announced at the Budget that the statutory redundancy payment would rise by £30 per week to £380, there has been no further news on this point. There are pressure groups which do not think this proposal went far enough, suggesting a figure of £400-£500, as yet there is no firm implementation date of any revised amount.
The current statutory redundancy payment will remain at £350 per week.