Employment Law Bulletin March 2015

Monday 16 March 2015

Welcome

Employment law is in the news again, with the continuing fallout from Jeremy Clarkson’s fisticuffs. Rarely have the employment consequences of punching someone at work been debated so feverishly.  We promise not to jump on the bandwagon by writing earnest articles debating whether it is a dismissable offence and secondly noting that now would be a good time to review your disciplinary policy – this is one time when the answer really is as obvious as it seems…..

Shared Parental Leave

There is not long to go before new shared parental leave entitlements begin. Parents of babies expected on or after 5 April 2015 will be able to share up to 50 weeks off work, something which the government hopes will kick-start a feeling of empowerment among fathers to spend more time with their children.

It is estimated that 285,000 working couples each year will be eligible for the new leave arrangements. They will need to comply with some fairly complicated notice arrangements, which includes giving their employers eight weeks’ notice of the pattern of leave they plan to take.