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Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage

The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here

Equal pay audits

Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon a finding that an employer has breached equal pay law unless certain circumstances apply. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees and new businesses are exempt. The new rule applies to complaints made to an Employment Tribunal on or after 1 October 2014. Read the Equality Act 2010 (Equal Pay Audits) Regulations 2014 here

Reserve forces – unfair dismissal

Members of the Reserve forces now have the right to claim unfair dismissal where a dismissal is connected with their membership of the Reserve Forces. The right is available to members of the Reserve Forces from their first day of employment.

Reserve forces – payments for employers

Additional payments are now available for employers of members of the reserve forces. Read The Reserve Forces (Payments to Employers and Partners) Regulations 2014 here

Fathers and partners get time off to accompany pregnant women to antenatal appointments

Employees who are the husband, civil partner or partner of a pregnant woman or father of the expected child are now entitled to accompany the pregnant woman up to 2 x 6.5 hours’ antenatal appointments. The time off is unpaid and includes travel and waiting time. Read more here

Whistleblowing

The new list of persons to whom a whistleblower may, in certain circumstances, make a disclosure is published. Read the new list here