It is that time of year again where 6th April sees new changes in employment law introduced, and which will no doubt lead to some interesting cases making their way through the employment tribunals. New changes introduced on 6th April 2010 include:
* The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010: Provides a new right for new mothers to transfer the second 6 months of their 12 months maternity leave entitlement to the father, subject to certain criteria. The regulations, although now in force, only apply to children whose expected week of birth begins on or after 3rd April 2011.
* The Social security (Medical Evidence) and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regulations 2010: Provides that GP's are to use "fit notes" intended on focussing on what action can be taken to assist an employee in returning to work, and to confirm whether they consider a phased return to work, altered hours, amended duties and/or workplace adaptations would enable the employee to return to work.
* Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and learning Act 2009: Introduces a right for employees who have been employed for at least 26 weeks to request unpaid time off work for study or training to improve their effectiveness at work (currently only applies to employers with 250 or more employees.)
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