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.
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.