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12 Changes to Employment Laws Employers Need to Know About

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Hi Everyone

Great to see SBF is back up and running and once again providing a first class resource for businesses in Scotland.

There's been lots happening on the employment law front over recent months and a number of legislative changes previously agreed start to kick in this month. Below are the Top 5 and the full details of the other 7 can be found on the EmployEasily HR blog.

Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay increase
1 April 2012

The standard rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay increases from £128.73 to £135.45 per week.

Changes to income tax thresholds come into force
6 April 2012

The income tax personal allowance increases by £630, bringing it to £8,105. The threshold at which employees pay the higher income tax rate of 40% is reduced to £34,371 (from £35,001).

Contracting out of additional state pension on a defined-contribution basis abolished
6 April 2012

The Pensions Act 2007 and the Pensions Act 2008 abolish contracting out of the additional state pension on a defined-contribution basis for occupational pension schemes and for personal and stakeholder pension schemes, and the rules governing contracted-out rights in schemes.

Qualifying period for unfair dismissal increases to two years
6 April 2012

The qualifying period for employees to bring a claim of unfair dismissal increases from one year to two years. The increase will apply only to employees who start a new job on or after 6 April 2012.

As always, I'm happy answer any questions on all of the above or any other employment related matters.