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Published 13 April 2015
A few changes to employment law have come into force this month, most notably the right to take shared parental leave and further rights for adopters. Before Parliament was dissolved a number of Acts received royal assent, but the precise scope of the new laws will need to be fleshed out in regulations produced by the next government.
The new system of shared parental leave will be available to parents of children born or placed for adoption with them on or after 5 April 2015. Parents may choose to create 50 weeks' leave and 37 weeks' statutory pay, which can be shared between them.
Adopters will benefit from the increased rights listed below. The first two give adopters parity with birth parents:
The age of a child up to which unpaid parental leave may be taken, increased from the child's fifth birthday to their child's eighteenth birthday.
The amended record-keeping, returns and penalties provisions under the Finance Act 2015 intended to combat false self-employment through service companies will apply from 6 April onward.
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