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Employment Update for Small Businesses
June 2023

Dear Subscriber

This month, we have a report on three new acts of Parliament which have received royal assent and which are likely to become effective in the near future. Details are sketchy at the moment, and will become clear once the Regulations that underpin these acts are published.  We will be updating staff handbooks and drawing up new policies to reflect these changes for our client base, as part of our retained service.  Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our services.
Please contact me if you would like to find out a bit more about any of the subjects raised in this update or if you need any help or advice.

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The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act
Additional Paid Time Off for Parents
This will allow eligible employed parents whose new-born baby is admitted to neonatal care to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave.  At the moment we have no details about who will be eligible or how much pay they will be entitled to – although I expect that will be the standard flat rate that applies to Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, etc. (currently £172.48 per week).  This entitlement will be granted on top of any other statutory rights to time off, such as maternity and paternity leave.
The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act
An Extension of Current Redundancy Protections
Currently employees have extra protection from redundancy whilst they are on Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave or Shared Parental Leave.  Effectively they must be offered suitable alternative employment ahead of other employees, where it is available, while they are off work.

The new law will extend this protected period to include from when the employee notifies their employer they are pregnant and for a period (expected to be 6 months) after they return to work from Maternity, Adoption or Shared Parental Leave.

The Carer’s Leave Act
Additional Unpaid Leave for Employees with Caring Responsibilities
This is a new statutory unpaid leave entitlement for employees who are caring for a dependant with a long-term care need.  It is intended to support them with the need to remain in paid work whilst also carrying out unpaid caring duties.
National Minimum and Living Wage
The current National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates are:

  • £10.42 per hour for workers aged 23 and over
  • £10.18 per hour for workers aged 21 to 22
  • £7.49 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20
  • £5.28 per hour for workers aged 16 and 17
  • £5.28 per hour for apprentices under 19 and those over 19 in their first year*

*N.B. Apprentices over 19 and who have completed at least one year are entitled to the appropriate rate for their age.


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