This year has seen big changes made to employment law and today we’re documenting 6 of them. See how this could help you:

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A huge victory for campaigners looking to change legislation around zero hour contracts, this year new law has given more protection for zero hour contract employees for being dismissed simply because they have been looking or doing other work. last year saw a huge rise in the lack of protection for employees on zero hour contracts.

From March we saw this regime being implemented to get senior management to be more accountable of to improve the standards of conduct within professional businesses. Good news for anyone who rolls their eyes at the title senior management.

This new legislation is key in fighting gender inequality. It aims to require all organizations with over 250 employees to publish the salaries of men and women employees in terms of averages. It will work on a ‘name and shame’ basis. In order to get companies to try and close the gap. For information about gender pay gap reporting see out blog about it here.

This ‘step up for Britain’ has been mat with great positivity. With workers aged 25 or over on minim wage being page 50p more per hour. However, this has also caused slight difficulties for small businesses who are scrimping and pinching to meet the demand. To read more about the new living wage and if you’re eligible read out blog about it here

Statuary pay rates are set to rise and then freeze for till next year. A good sign for anyone taking sick, paternity or maternity leave. Sick pay will freeze at £88.45 per week. And for maternity pay, paternity pay, statutory shared parental pay and statutory adoption pay the rates have been frozen at £139.58 per week.

This controversial reform is still in the form of a bill. However, it includes greater protection for striking workers, abolition of supplied agency workers and also more detail around holiday pay, collective redundancy consolation and tribunals.

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