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New Legislation in Force 1 October 2014

SUMMARY:  Several key employment law changes will be implemented on 1 October 2014:

  1. National minimum wage.  The national minimum wage rates for all workers will increase.  In summary:

1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014

From 1 October 2014

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  1. Power to order equal pay audits.  Tribunals will have the power to order employers found to have been in breach of equal pay law to carry out equal pay audits in certain circumstances.
  1. Reserve Forces reform. The statutory qualifying period for unfair dismissal will be removed where the dismissal is connected with the employee’s membership of the Reserve Forces.   There will also be provision for payments to small and medium-sized employers of reservists who are called up.  See our article posted on Military Reservists and Unfair Dismissal posted on 22 September 2014 for further details.
  1. Time off to accompany partner to antenatal appointments.   Employees and agency workers will have a right to take unpaid time off to accompany a pregnant woman with whom they have a “qualifying relationship” to up to two antenatal appointments, up to a maximum of six and a half hours for each appointment. For more information on this, see our newsletter which is published on 1 October 2014.

Contact Details

For more details about upcoming changes in employment law please contact:

+44 (0) 1604 871143

This update is for general guidance only and does not constitute definitive advice.