HR Bulletin January 2015

The HR Team would firstly like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Guidance is now available on our website relating to Shared Parental Leave which was launched on 1st December 2014 for parents of children born or matched for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. Please follow the link to additional information for full details on the policy and flow chart to see if a member of staff qualifies for Shared Parental Leave along with example forms which can be used for all staff.

Below is a list of documents you may find useful:

We have also recently updated our guidance on Asylum and Immigration and the Right to Work Policy. This is also now available below and in the client area of our website. Please follow the link to additional information for full details on the policy.

Further guidance on the Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Act and the prevention of illegal working can be found on the web at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/

Please note that the above policies are based on national policies so some of the guidelines may need to be adapted in line with your current schools policies.

Please also find below new legislation, which is coming into place throughout 2015. I will provide further updates on the below points nearer the dates these new laws are due to be implemented.

  • April 2015 - Managing Sickness Absence - A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering fee occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence.
  • April 2015 - New statutory pay rates - Statutory pay for Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental leave will increase to £139.56 per week. Statutory sick pay (SSP) rate will increase to £88.45 per week.
  • April 2015 - Statutory Adoption Leave and Pay - The statutory adoption leave will no longer have the 26-week qualifying period, and adoption pay will be brought in line with maternity pay, which will be 90% of normal earning for the first six weeks.
  • April 2015 - Parental Leave extended to 18 - The right to unpaid parental leave will be extended to parents of any child under the age of 18 years.
  • April 2015 – Surrogate Parents eligible for Adoption Leave - Provided they meet the eligibility criteria parents who have a child through surrogacy will be permitted to take ordinary paternity leave and pay, adoption leave and pay and shared parental leave and pay. Both parents will also be entitled to take unpaid time off to attend two antenatal appointments with the woman carrying the child.
  • 2015 -All young people to be in education or training until the age of 18 (England)

Regards, 
Strictly Education HR Team

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