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Changes in April 2009
There are several changes in employment regulations and related benefit rates occurring during the first week of April that will impact on businesses. The main ones are listed below. Further details of each aspect can be found in previous newsletter articles.

1st April – The Minimum annual leave entitlement rises to 28 days. The final phase of the increase in minimum annual leave entitlement occurs in April 2009. The minimum will become 28 days in total (including bank holidays) for full-time employees working 5 days per week (5.6 weeks per year.) If you have part-time employees make sure that their entitlements are calculated correctly on a pro-rata basis to take account of the adjustments.

5th April – Statutory maternity, adoption and paternity pay will rise from £117.18 to £123.06 per week.

6th April – Statutory sick pay will be increased from £75.40 to £79.15 per week.

6th April – The right to request flexible working will be extended to employees with older children. This applies to employees with children aged 16 and below.

6th April – New Disciplinary and Grievance Code will be introduced. The revised Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures comes into effect, and will replace the statutory dismissal and grievance procedures.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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