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National Unemployment Statistics

National Statistics reports that the headline unemployment rate (ILO definition) ran at 6.6% during the period February to April 2014. The ILO unemployment level was 2.16 million, down 161,000 on the quarter, and down 347,000 on the same period a year ago. Table 1: Unemployment level and rate, 2013/14  … Read More

New Rights for fathers to attend Ante Natal Appointments from 1 October 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 enables expectant fathers, and partners of pregnant women, to take time off work to attend two antenatal appointments with the expectant mother. In March 2014 a government press release announced that this right would come into force on 1 October 2014. Should you require… Read More

National Minimum Wage Increases from 1 October 2014

The Government will increase the national minimum wage with effect from 1 October 2014. The main adult rate of the national minimum wage rises from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour. The youth rate increases from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour. The rate for workers aged 16 to 17 from £3.72… Read More

The Right to Request Flexible Working Changes

The Children and Families Act 2014 extends the right to request flexible working to all employees from 30 June 2014. This means that the right to request flexible working, which currently applies to employees who have children under the age of 17 (18 if a child is disabled) or who… Read More

Minimum Wage to Increase to £6.31 News Release

The Government has announced that the National Minimum Wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October 2013. Business Secretary Vince Cable has said “Nobody in the country should be paid less than the minimum wage”.  He added, “Apprenticeships… Read More

Important Dates for your Diary

8 March     Maximum amount of unpaid Parental Leave permitted for each child increases from  13 to 18 weeks in line with the updated EU Parental Leave Directive. 6 April        Statutory Sick Pay rises from £85.85 to £86.70 6 April        The new Collective Redundancy Consultation rules apply. 7  April       Lower rate for Statutory Maternity, Paternity… Read More

Parental Leave Proposals

The Government has published the Children and Families Bill 2013, containing proposals on shared parental leave, flexible working and adoption leave.  The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees from 2014 and from 2015 parents will be able to share up to 52 weks’ leave. At… Read More

Minimum Wage from October 2012

Increases to the minimum wage rates, which take effect from 1 October 2012 has been announced by the Government:- £6.19 – the standard main rate for workers aged 21 and over £4.98 – the 18-20 rate (no increase from 2011) £3.68 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under… Read More