8th January 2010


 Issue No.  2010/02




This was going to be the first Information Update of 2010 but unfortunately the weather meant we had to send our 'Snow & Ice' update first.  Can we take this opportunity to wish you all a belated Happy New Year and hope you had a good festive period.
We want to report an announcement made just before Christmas, by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.  Nothing exciting I’m afraid but look……some actual decreases for a change.
Statutory Maternity / Adoption / Paternity pay per week
6th April 2010
Statutory Sick Pay per week
No increase
Guarantee Pay per day
Decrease from 1st February 2010
Unfair Dismissal maximum award
Decrease – dismissals after 1st February 2010
Redundancy Pay maximum for ‘weeks pay’ calculation
No increase
As the current media appears to have been focusing on the weather, you may have missed the announcement by Lord Mandelson that to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, there will be an additional Bank Holiday in the year 2012.
The additional Bank Holiday will be Tuesday June 5.  The late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday June 4 to create a longer week-end break.
It is all too typical that government media announcements give no comment about how this impacts employers. Do they have to accept an extra day? Is the statutory minimum annual amount of holidays (28 days for a 5 day a week worker) going to be increased to 29 for 2012? Can employers opt not to recognise it? Can it be a day fixed from within existing annual entitlement? What about employers who will have to work on that day (e.g. care sector, continuous production, etc)?
Not as straight forward as it might initially seem!
We will report further on this in due course after we have had time to consider the formal details. Nothing like planning ahead though. In previous times when additional bank holidays have been announced they have not been compulsory and employers therefore had the choice as to how they treated the additional bank holiday.
And no, before you ask, it does not conflict with the London Olympic Games, which are scheduled to be held 27th July to 12th August 2012.




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