Employment law changes April 2015

2015 continues to be an exciting year in employment law and it’s that time of year again when the new tribunal limits come into play and we familiarise ourselves with new legislation coming into force. Below we summarise the key changes.

Legislative changes

Adoption rights – on 5 April 2015, the entitlement to adoption leave became a “day one” employment right (i.e. the requirement for 26 weeks service before being entitled to this right is removed). Adopters will also now be entitled to paid time off work to attend appointments to have contact with the child prior to the adoption taking place.

Shared parental leave – the right to shared parental leave came into force on 5 April 2015. Employers may have already received requests for shared parental leave as the new regulations apply to babies due on or after this date.

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.


Employment law moves at a fast pace. Keeping up to date with changes and developments is a challenge for every HR professional, helps you keep ahead of the game, plan for change and provides tools for solving those workplace dilemmas.


Andrew Chamberlain

Partner - Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

I am a Partner, the National Head of the Employment Team and the Chair of the Service Delivery Executive (SDE), which is focused on building better solutions for clients.