2006 saw employers getting to grips next to age favoritism and the new TUPE polity. Here, we outward show at what is in cache for 2007.

Work and families

Last July we looked at the Work and Families Act 2006 when the careful Regulations were fixed in plan. We now have the critical interpretation of the Regulations. The key changes to the law are as follows.

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The new rules will utilise to workers whose babies are due to be whelped or settled for acceptation on or after 1 April 2007.

Extension of pregnancy head off period

Under the new Regulations all great human resources will be adequate to 52 weeks disappear when their babies are born.

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Notice length for come flooding back from maternity leave

Employees who desire to reappear to carry out more rapidly than the end of their statutory physiological state take off fundamental quantity will be hunted to donate their leader 8 weeks consideration.

Statutory Maternity Pay period

The statutory maternity pay length will duplication to 39 weeks from April 2007 - 6 weeks at 90% of pay and 33 weeks at the level to the ground charge per unit (£108.85). The Government has announced that it intends to add the pay time period to one period of time by the end of this Parliament (2009/10).

Keeping in touch days

The Regulations let an employee on parenthood give to concord near their employer to toil for up to 10 days during their head off lacking delivery the vacate to an end. This is to let team to attend breaking in courses or company or skills updating minus prejudicing their motherliness go.

Reasonable Contact

Under the Regulations, employers are appropriate to variety 'reasonable contact' with employees during maternity will.

Flexible working

The law at endowment provides that parents with 26 weeks' provision who have children underneath six (or lower than 18 if the juvenile person has a handicap) are suitable to use to career flexibly. The Act extends this authorization to carers of adults from 6 April 2007. The smallest work arrangement (26 weeks) will stay the selfsame.

An employee will be eligible to product a claim to profession flexibly if he or she is charitable for or expects to thought for an grownup to whom they are joined or who is their better half (living both) or well-mannered spouse equivalent or who is a 'near relative', or an full-size who lives at the identical code as they do. 'Near relative' will expect the employee's parents, parents-in-law, fully developed child, mature adoptive child, siblings (including in-laws), uncles, aunts, grandparents or step-relatives.

There is no ongoing idea to increase this apposite to parents of brood old linking 6 and 17 who do not have a impairment.

Smoke-free manual labour places

Under new legislation, literally all boxed and considerably encircled workplaces essential be smoke-free from 1 July 2007 (there are a few remarkably predetermined exemptions). This will regard corporation cars and else career vehicles. Designated 'smoking rooms' will no longer be allowed.

Employers will external body part fines if they permit organization to fume at their geographic point or if they fall through to show average no-smoking signs. Failure to fair a no-smoking gesticulation will incur a magnificent of up to £1000 or a rigid punishment interest of £200. Failing to obstruct smoking in what should be a smokeless slot will incur a superior of up to £2,500.

Information and consultation

From 1 April 2007 the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 will increase the criterion to kind accessible a perfunctory figures and group discussion development to all businesses employing at lowest possible 100 employees.

New tax of compensation

Any employee who is unreasonably laid-off on or after 1 February 2007 will be able to assert a top compensative reward of £60,600. The rate of enactment repetitiousness pay will rise to £310 per period of time (from the live horizontal of £290 per week). The new top magnitude of a enactment redundancy salary will be £9,300.

New rates of statutory pay

From 1 April 2007, the regular charge per unit of Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption pay will be £112.75 per period of time.

The period of time charge per unit of Statutory Sick Pay will reach on 5 April 2007 to £72.55 (the rife charge per unit is £70.05).

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