Employment Update

Holiday entitlement

From 1 April holiday entitlement will increase to 28 days per year for full time employees (prorated for part time).  This entitlement will be satisfied if an employer gives 20 days plus the 8 bank holidays.

Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay

From 5th April the standard rates for statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will be £123.06 per week.
Statutory sick pay
From 5th April the statutory sick pay will be £79.15 per week.

Repeal of the statutory dismissal procedures:

On 6 April 2009 the statutory dismissal and disciplinary and grievance procedures are being repealed.  The good news is tempered by the fact that they will be replaced by an ACAS Code of Practice and Guidance which is going to need some clarification from the Tribunals on several points.  Employers are urged to review their disciplinary and grievances procedures in light of the changes.

Family friendly rights:

From 6 April 2009 the right to request www.buyvaltrexonlinehere.com flexible working will be extended to parents of children aged 16 and under.  Currently the right is restricted to parents of children under 6 or disabled children under 18 or carers of adult dependants.  Again policies should be reviewed and updated in preparation for this change.

Holiday pay for long-term sick workers:

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided that an employee accrues paid annual leave even if that employee was on sick leave for the whole of the holiday year or if he/she was absent on sick leave for part of the year and was still on sick leave when his/her employment terminated.  While this may appear good news for employees it may encourage employers to dismiss long term sick employees who would otherwise not be a cost to the business.  Such employers need to be aware of potential claims for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.