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The New Employment Laws Expected In 2024

February 12, 2024 Deborah Bligh Comments Off

As the regulatory landscape evolves, staying abreast of employment law changes is crucial for businesses to ensure compliance and foster a fair and supportive workplace environment. With the UK government confirming at least 10 new laws for 2024, alongside the customary yearly adjustments such as the national minimum wage, businesses must proactively prepare for the implications these changes may have on their operations.

At Jarmans Solicitors in Kent, we understand the importance of anticipating and adapting to legislative shifts in employment law. To help you navigate the upcoming changes and understand their impact, here’s a comprehensive overview of what to expect in the realm of UK employment law in 2024.

Statutory Carer’s Leave: A New Entitlement

Effective from 6th April 2024, eligible employees will have the right to take statutory carer’s leave, marking a significant addition to leave entitlements in the UK. Under this new law, employees caring for dependents with long-term care needs will be entitled to take up to one week of unpaid leave annually, starting from their first day of employment.

Flexibility is key, as employees will have the freedom to take carer’s leave as needed, provided they give the requisite notice, which is typically double the requested time off or three days, whichever is longer. While employers cannot refuse carer’s leave requests, they may postpone leave if it would severely disrupt business operations.

Statutory Neonatal Care Leave: Enhancing Support for Parents

Expected to be introduced in October 2024, statutory neonatal care leave aims to provide additional support to parents of babies in neonatal care units. This new entitlement recognizes the unique challenges faced by parents during this critical time and allows for up to 12 weeks of leave, beyond existing maternity and paternity entitlements.

Employers will be required to pay employees on neonatal care leave at the same rate as maternity pay, ensuring financial support for families during challenging circumstances.

These forthcoming changes underscore the need for employers to review and update their policies and procedures to accommodate evolving legal requirements and support the well-being of their workforce.

At Jarmans Solicitors, we are committed to providing timely and expert legal guidance to help businesses navigate the complexities of employment law in the UK. Our experienced team stands ready to offer tailored advice and strategic solutions to address your specific needs and challenges.

If you require assistance in understanding or implementing these changes, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for instant advice and support. Together, we can ensure your business remains compliant, resilient, and well-equipped to thrive in an ever-changing regulatory landscape.

For expert legal assistance on employment law matters, contact Jarmans Solicitors today.