14 May 2015
UK Employment Law Changes 2015
Changes to UK Employment Law are brought in on the 5th and 6th of April every year. Other changes may come in during October also.
Slater and Gordon Employment Lawyers will guide you through the changes so far to UK Employment Law in 2015 with our handy summary of employment law changes.
Shared Parental Leave was introduced offering eligible parents the chance to share 50 weeks of leave. In addition to this Statutory Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay and Adoption Pay were increased. Plus, for the first time ever, commissioning couples having a child through surrogacy were both granted statutory leave.
Changes to Redundancy Pay
The maximum redundancy payment was increased to £14,250. The maximum amount of weekly pay for redundancy increased from £464 to £475. Being made redundant is certainly an unsettling experience, many people fear they will struggle to find new employment or worry about supporting their families whilst they’re in-between jobs. You may have rights to compensation and may be due a redundancy payment. Securing your redundancy payment can help to calm those nerves. Our Employment Lawyers are experts in maximising redundancy compensation pay.
Changes to Compensation for Unfair Dismissal
Similarly, in order to make up for loss of job security and earnings, the basic award for the weekly rate of compensation for unfair dismissal rose from £464 to £475. This will help to compensate people who have been unfairly dismissed for lost salary, pension and other benefits. Also the cap for the maximum a successful claimant will be awarded at an employment tribunal has increased to 12 months’ pay or £78,335, whichever is the lower. However, this maximum cap for unfair dismissal does not apply in cases of discrimination or in whistleblowing claims.
If you or your family member need help finding a solution to your employment law problem, the large team of experienced Employment Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide you with authoritative legal advice. To see what we can do for you call freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online.