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03-10-2014

When What Where

1 October 2014

(expected date)
Equal pay audits
Employers to be ordered to carry out equal pay audit if they lose a tribunal claim for breach of an equality clause or sex discrimination in relation to pay.
Equality Act 2010, as amended by Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. Also supplementary regulations

1 October 2014

(expected date)

Ante-natal appointments
Fathers/partners of pregnant women will qualify for unpaid leave for two antenatal appointments.

Employment Rights Act 1996, as amended by Children and Families Act 2014

Not before 2015

(no date fixed)
 

Tribunal recommendations

Removal of Tribunals’ power to make ‘wider recommendations’ in discrimination cases. Will still be able to make recommendations that a party take specified steps to obviate or reduce the adverse effect of discrimination on the claimant but not a recommendation aimed solely at reducing adverse effect on other people.
Deregulation Bill
Babies due/placed for adoption on/after 5 April 2015  

Shared parental leave

Eligible parents will be able to convert maternity/adoption leave and pay to parental leave, which can be shared between them. There will also be changes to existing (unpaid) shared parental leave rights, extending the period in which leave can be taken to the child’s 18th birthday.
Employment Rights Act 1996, as amended by Children and Families Act 2014. Also various  supplementary regulations (not yet finalised)
5 April 2015

Adoption leave

Adoption leave entitlement will be adjusted to bring it into line with maternity leave and extended to parents through surrogacy. Prospective adopters will also qualify for leave to attend adoption meetings (five appointments (paid) for ‘primary’ adopter; two (unpaid) for ‘secondary’ adopter).
Employment Rights Act 1996, as amended by Children and Families Act 2014. Also supplementary regulations.

Not before 1 October 2015

(no date fixed)
Caste discrimination
Equality Act to be amended to cover caste discrimination.
Equality Act 2010, as amended by Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013; supplementary regulations not yet published

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