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Keeping you up to date on October 2014 employment law changes

20 February 2015

Myers & Co employment law specialist, Sarah Everton, updates you on the changes to employment law that came into effect from 1 October 2014:

Rise in the national minimum wage

The national minimum wage has increased. The new rates are:

  • £6.50 per hour for adults over 21;
  • £5.13 for 18-20 year olds;
  • £3.79 for 16-17 year olds; and
  • £2.73 for apprentices.

New right for partners to attend antenatal appointments

Partners of expectant mothers will have the right to unpaid time off work to attend two antenatal appointments of up to six and a half hours each, and will be protected from dismissal or detriment for exercising this right.

Shared parental leave introduced

Parents expecting a child to be born on or after 5 April 2015, will be able to share time off work for the first year of their child’s life. Conditions apply on eligibility and notice periods.

Tribunals can order equal pay audits

An employment tribunal will have the power to order an employer to carry out an equal pay audit if an employer loses an equal pay claim. The results of the audit will have to be published. The tribunal’s power to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases will be abolished.

Reservists and unfair dismissal

If a member of the reserve forces is dismissed, they will not need a qualifying period of service in order to claim unfair dismissal. Additional payments can be claimed by small and medium sized employers where one of their employees is on active service.

For advice from Myers & Co Solicitors, based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, contact our employment law specialist Sarah Everton by calling 01782 525012 or email sarah.everton@myerssolicitors.co.uk.


The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only.  They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.  Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.


Sarah Everton

DDI: 01782 525012

E: sarah.everton@myerssolicitors.co.uk