In this edition of our Employment Newsletter we look at the Children and Families Act 2014 and the changes which are being introduced by the Act.
The key change relates to shared parental leave and pay in respect of babies due to be born or children placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. We consider the implications of this change for employers.
Shared Parental Leave and Pay
The Children and Families Act 2014 received royal assent on 13 March 2014. The Act introduces a number of key changes to family-friendly rights.
One of the key changes is in relation to shared parental leave in respect of babies due to be born or children placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015.
In this edition of our Employment Newsletter we set out the proposed new parental leave and pay regime.
At this stage only draft Regulations have been published regarding shared parental leave and pay and, therefore, the regime may be subject to change. However, this is likely to be limited and therefore it is useful for employers to start planning for the impact of the Regulations.
Other changes under the Children and Families Act
30 June 2014 – Flexible Working
From 30 June 2014 an employee who has 26 weeks’ continuous employment will be eligible to request flexible working.
Prior to 30 June 2014, the Flexible Working Regulations stated that the right to request flexible working was available only to parents of children under 17 (18 if the child is disabled) or to carers of adults.
The change will enable more employees to request flexible working. If an employer fails to properly respond to a request for flexible working the maximum amount of compensation available is eight weeks’ pay.