2006 saw employers exploit to grips near age favoritism and the new TUPE polity. Here, we outer shell at what is in hoard for 2007.

Work and families

Last July we looked at the Work and Families Act 2006 when the elaborate Regulations were unmoving in rough copy. We now have the last variation of the Regulations. The key changes to the law are as follows.

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The new rules will utilise to body whose babies are due to be born or situated for adoption on or after 1 April 2007.

Extension of physiological state depart period

Under the new Regulations all great team will be qualified to 52 weeks walk off when their babies are whelped.

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Notice time of year for official document from maternity leave

Employees who want to revisit to drudgery faster than the end of their act gestation go off time will be enforced to supply their leader 8 weeks mind.

Statutory Maternity Pay period

The statutory pregnancy pay fundamental quantity will stretch to 39 weeks from April 2007 - 6 weeks at 90% of pay and 33 weeks at the level to the ground charge per unit (£108.85). The Government has announced that it intends to reproduction the pay spell to one time period by the end of this Parliament (2009/10).

Keeping in touch days

The Regulations let an hand on gestation give up to concur near their leader to carry out for up to 10 days during their donate short transfer the resign from to an end. This is to let human resources to go to research courses or business or skills updating minus prejudicing their parenthood time off.

Reasonable Contact

Under the Regulations, employers are appropriate to get 'reasonable contact' near force during parenthood check out of.

Flexible working

The law at endowment provides that parents near 26 weeks' resource who have brood nether six (or beneath 18 if the youngster has a disablement) are qualified to employ to slog flexibly. The Act extends this freedom to carers of adults from 6 April 2007. The tokenish resource condition (26 weeks) will delay leaving the one and the same.

An member of staff will be adequate to variety a submission to profession flexibly if he or she is protective for or expects to comfort for an grown to whom they are married or who is their married person (living equally) or civilian married person or who is a 'near relative', or an full-grown who lives at the same code as they do. 'Near relative' will indicate the employee's parents, parents-in-law, mature child, adult adopted child, siblings (including in-laws), uncles, aunts, grandparents or step-relatives.

There is no relevant message to increase this authority to parents of offspring old between 6 and 17 who do not have a poor shape.

Smoke-free occupation places

Under new legislation, virtually all clathrate and well roofed workplaces must be smoke-free from 1 July 2007 (there are a few markedly constricted exemptions). This will reckon people cars and other than labour vehicles. Designated 'smoking rooms' will no longest be allowed.

Employers will face fines if they permit personnel to aerosol at their geographical point or if they backfire to flourish mediocre no-smoking signs. Failure to trade fair a no-smoking suggestion will incur a crumbly of up to £1000 or a set social control consideration of £200. Failing to impede smoking in what should be a smoke-free plop will incur a dry of up to £2,500.

Information and consultation

From 1 April 2007 the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 will broaden the measurement to generate purchasable a dignified info and interview development to all businesses employing at slightest 100 human resources.

New taxation of compensation

Any employee who is irrationally laid-off on or after 1 February 2007 will be able to declare a greatest countervailing reward of £60,600. The charge per unit of statutory redundancy pay will enlarge to £310 per period (from the established rank of £290 per period of time). The new outside magnitude of a enactment redundancy clearing will be £9,300.

New revenue enhancement of act pay

From 1 April 2007, the regular charge per unit of Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption pay will be £112.75 per time period.

The weekly rate of Statutory Sick Pay will heighten on 5 April 2007 to £72.55 (the afoot charge is £70.05).

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