Changes to Employment Law – Effective from 6th April 2010

Fit notes will replace sick notes when individuals are ill.

A new right for employees to request time off to study or undertake training is introduced in organisations with more than 250 employees.  All organisations will be covered from  April 2011.

Statutory maternity pay, paternity pay, adoption pay and maternity allowance rise to £124.88 per week from £123.06
Statutory sick pay remains at £79.15 per week.

The legislation to introduce additional paternity leave and pay is introduced but is effective only for children born after 3 April 2011.  This gives additional leave and pay where the mother or adopted  mother  of the child has returned to work.  This will be covered in more detail soon – watch this space  and  forthcoming editions of the Advocate .

If you wish to join our Employment Club or discuss any aspect of the changes in more detail contact one of our specialist employment team.