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Paternity Leave

Extended patenity leave could be updated by April 2010. Proposals aim to allow fathers 26 weeks’ extra leave, some of which will be paid. The plans are designed to assist when mothers return to work after 6 months’s maternity leave.

As you will know, the legislation in relation to flexible working was extended on 6 April to allow parents of all children up to the age of 16 to request the right to work flexibly.

Minimum Wage

Changes were made on 6 April to the enforcement methods used for the national minimum wage. There is a penalty for employers, which is based on 50% of the underpayment. The maximum fine has been increased from £100 to £5,000

Important changes business owners should be aware of! From 1st February 2009, The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2008 (SI 2008/3055) brings in new compensation limits for tribunal claims. The main changes are:

Human Resources (HR) is often seen as a ‘nice to have’ by many business owners because many believe having HR adds cost to the business without delivering a return on investment.

The UK officially came out of recession last week, and we will know in April if Scotland is officially out of recession. The CBI warned last week that a full recovery for the UK economy is unlikely until 2012. There are now definite signs that the job ma…

Tighten Up or Pay Up!

The New ACAS Code of Practice that replaced the statutory disciplinary and grievance procedure on 6th April 09 could leave Employers facing hefty financial penalaties if they don’t tighten up and get to grips with things quickly.