…labour market reforms are… coming into place on 6 April  enhancing workers’ rights… These include:
- Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay, … a statutory right to a minimum of 2 weeks’ leave for all employed parents if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Eligible parents will be able to claim statutory pay while absent from work….
- ...day-one statement of rights, which will set out leave and pay entitlements to around 1.5 million people for the first time
- the scrapping of the Swedish Derogation – an end to the legal loophole which enables some firms to pay agency workers less than permanent staff
- new agency workers to benefit from a key facts page before signing up with an agency, which will provide clarity on their rights, particularly around their pay
- just 2% of employees need to make a request for the employer to inform and consult them on issues relating to the business before an employer must commence negotiating such an arrangement. This has been reduced from 10%
- increasing the reference period for calculating holiday pay for workers with variable hours from 12 to 52 weeks, meaning employers must count back across the last 52 weeks that employee has worked and received pay, to calculate how much holiday pay they should receive. This ensures that workers’ holiday pay is more reflective of the pay they would have received if they’d been at work