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News & ArticlesNew maternity rights
The European Commission proposed new maternity rights, by amending Directive 92/85/EEC, which would increase the compulsory period of maternity leave from two to six weeks, and the minimum period of maternity leave would increase from 14 weeks to 18 weeks, with a recommendation that women be paid their full salary for 18 weeks.
Case law: compulsory retirement at 65 is still lawful ... for now
Employers who require employees to retire at 65 or over do not, at present, need to make any changes to their retirement policies and procedures, following the latest decision in the 'Heyday challenge', but the government is due to review the legislation next year.
New guidance for employers on flexible working
Employers will benefit from reading new guidance on flexible working from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Case law: employees on sick leave during holiday entitled to take lost leave at another time
Employers are reminded, by two recent tribunal decisions, that employees are entitled to be paid for annual leave that accrues while they are on sick leave.
Handling requests for time off to watch the World Cup
Employers bracing themselves for a wave of requests for time off to watch the football World Cup will welcome our summary of the main rules about employees' rights to holiday and other time off - and your rights to refuse them.
Have your say: retaining the default retirement age of 65 for employees
Businesses have the opportunity to contribute to the debate on whether the compulsory retirement age for employees should be scrapped, following the announcement of a government review.
Case law: employer can change pay conditions for employees without their express consent
Employers will welcome a recent ruling that confirms their right, where appropriate contractual provisions exist, to change employees' pay and work conditions without the need to obtain their express consent.
Case law: use of 'length of service' pay schemes must be justified by employers
Employers must be prepared to justify the use of a 'length of service' pay criterion, as this may result in unfair treatment of female employees, following a landmark Court of Appeal ruling.
Case law: employee loses holiday entitlement for failing to give required notice
Employers can deprive an employee of annual leave entitlement where notice requirements are not complied with, following a recent ruling.
The government stated in Nov 2008, in its response to Dame Carol Black's review of the health of Britain's working age population, that a new electronic 'fit note' will replace the current medical certificate, and help GPs switch the focus of their advice to what people can do rather than what they cannot. The changes are intended to improve the flow of information between employers, individuals and GPs.
Guidance on employees' right to request time off for training
Employers will welcome newly published guidance on the right of employees to request time off for training, although smaller businesses have longer to prepare for introduction of the right.
Increased parental leave rights
A Framework Agreement on parental leave was signed by the European Social Partners in Jun 2009