Big changes in Employment Law for 2024

2024 has been a busy year for employment law changes, with updates including holidays, flexible working and paternity leave already in force, as well as a right to carer’s leave. But we’re not done yet – there are more changes on the horizon!


Tipping rules update delayed

The changes to the tipping rules, which were set for July, are now postponed to October 2024. These updates are big news for anyone working in the hospitality sector. Starting from 1 October 2024, workers will get to keep 100% of their tips, and bosses will need to have a written tipping policy. This Code of Practice is still waiting for the green light from Parliament, though.


More laws coming in October 2024

October’s going to be a hefty month for new laws. One of these is the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023. This law introduces a new duty for employers to take reasonable steps to actively prevent sexual harassment at work. If they don’t, Tribunal awards could see a 25% uplift.

Another October change is the Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023. This one lets workers ask for more predictable hours if their working pattern is unpredictable, which will include those on short-term contracts (a fixed-term contract for less than 12 months).


Looking forward to 2025

Next year, 2025, promises to bring in yet another significant update—a new right to neonatal care leave. Parents will be able to take up to 12 weeks off if their neonate (a child up to 28 days old) needs to stay in the hospital for a week or longer.

If you’re an HR & Employment Law client (and have documents from us), we’ll be updating your documentation as and when these changes come into force – stay tuned for updates on this. You can rest assured that you’re in safe hands and we’ll be communicating with you in detail about any changes and any action you need to take.

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