No April Fool.

In a month’s time it will be that time of year again when practical jokes will abound.  But then it’s all a little less funny when a host of new employment law provisions come into force a few days later on 6 April 2014.  We’ve already told you about a few of these, but further announcements have been made in the last few weeks.

So what more does the Government have in store for us this time –

*  The following increased limits apply where the event giving rise to compensation or payment occurs on or after 6 April 2014 –

the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £74,200 to a nice round £76,574 (although do remember that this is subject to the further cap of one year’s pay);
the maximum for a “week’s pay” increases from £450 to £464 (for statutory redundancy payment, basic award and other purposes); and
guarantee pay increases from the rate of £24.20 a day to £25.
*  The following increased statutory payments will come into force –

statutory sick pay increases from £86.70 to £87.55 per week; and
statutory maternity pay, paternity pay and adoption pay increase from £136.78 to £138.18 per week.
It had been thought that the right of all employees to request flexible working would be brought in on 6 April 2014, but the Government recently indicated that this would now happen on 30 June 2014.

In a separate development, the Government is consulting on a new shared parental leave and pay system which it proposes would come into effect in relation to children due (and children matched or placed for adoption) on or after 5 April 2015.  This would allow parents to share parental leave in the first year of their child’s life (or in the first year after the child’s placement for adoption).

Finally, please watch out for details of our breakfast forum due to take place at our Cobham office on 16 April 2014.  With Easter now in sight, we hope that it will be both eggs-citing and eggs-ilerating.  One thing’s for sure, it will be ineggs-pensive (free).  We look forward to seeing you there and please contact us if you would like to attend.

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