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Every year brings with it numerous legislative changes and, as our annual round up of employment law changes shows, 2015 will certainly be no different.
Despite the coalition's efforts to cut red tape, its final year in government has delivered what legal experts agree is one of the most complex sets of regulations that employers have ever had to handle. The implementation of shared parental leave and pay, which provides greater flexibility for parents to care for a child throughout its first year, will dominate the year ahead.
Also coming up is: the new occupational health service to help employees return to work after a long-term sickness absence of four weeks or more; a change to the child's age limit for parental leave; alterations to certain pension restrictions; and the usual shifts in the statutory rates of pay.
Read our guide to see what further significant employment law changes to expect in the year ahead. For more detail, click on the title of each new piece of legislation.
1. Shared parental leave and pay begins
The long-awaited shared parental leave and pay is introduced that will provide greater flexibility in how parents share the care of their child in its first year. It will be available to couples with a baby due, or children placed for adoption, on or after 5 April 2015.
The parents will be able to share the mother’s maternity leave and, if available, maternity pay. Shared parental leave will also be available to employees who are, or expect to be, the parents of a child under a parental order, where the child's expected week of birth begins on or after 5 April 2015. Visit our employer's guide for further detail.