This update was first published in the April 2011 UK edition of Accounting and Business magazine.
The default retirement age, single equality duty, additional paternity leave, flexible working and other changes commenced in April. They are explained in the link below.
The key dates to remember are:
- Default retirement age (DRA) – transitional arrangements apply from 6 April until DRA ceases on 1 October.
- Single equality duty – section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 which allows employers to promote or recruit a person because of one of the nine protected characteristics: age, gender, race, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief and sex and sexual orientation applies from 6 April.
- Flexible working – the planned extension of the right to request flexible working for a child under 18 applies from April.
- Additional paternity leave – the right for an eligible employee to take up to 26 weeks additional paternity leave applies for parents of babies born on or after 3 April. The right also extends to adoptive parents.
- Agency worker regulation – the regulations that give agency workers the same rights as permanent employees apply from 1 October 2011.