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Changes to Employment Law have come into Force on 1 December 2014

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Bond Dickison have released a brief summary of changes which came into force in December.

• Shared parental leave regulations come into effect on 1 December 2014 and will apply to those whose expected week of childbirth begins on or after 5 April 2015.

• Employees will be prevented from taking paternity leave if they have already taken shared parental leave for the same child.

• Amendments will be made to the right to return after paternity or adoption leave as a result of shared parental leave regulations.

• The new Fit for Work scheme is expected to start being rolled out some time in December.

Update on commencement of Section 56 of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998: In earlier briefings, they have reported that the Government was planning to bring section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 into force on 1 December 2014. This section prevents employers from requiring people to use their subject access rights under the DPA to obtain and then provide certain records, eg criminal records, as a condition of employment.

It has now been announced that there will be a delay to the proposed date for commencement of S56. No new date has been announced yet. ?

If you would like to discuss any of these issues, please contact

Karen Plumbley-Jones,

Associate Practice Development Lawyer

on +44 (0)1752 67 7903

Or visit www.bonddickinson.com/insight