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Employment law changes in 2012

13th January 2012

Those involved in legal recruitment will need to be aware of a number of key changes to employment law which are expected to be phased in throughout 2012.

Whereas most of the government changes will be aimed directly at stimulating economic growth and reducing the budget deficit, there will also be a welcome change to parental leave entitlement. From April of this year, new parents will be able to spend up to four months away from work, up from the previous limit of three. More good news for parents comes in the form of an increase in Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay. From 9 April, the allowance will rise to £135.45 per week.

One example of a raft of business-friendly measures being introduced will be a change to the period for which claims of unfair dismissal can be made. Former employees will now only be allowed to take their complaint to tribunal if they have worked for the organisation in question for two years or more, as opposed to the previous figure of one.