Various changes to employment legislation will come into effect on 1 October 2014.

The employment tribunal will be able to order an employer to carry out an equal pay audit if it loses an equal pay case. The results will have to be published.

The national minimum wage will increase as follows:

  • 21+ year olds: £6.50 per hour
  • 18-20 year olds: £5.13 per hour
  • 16-17 year olds: £3.79 per hour
  • Apprentices: £2.73 per hour
  • Accommodation offset: £5.08 per day

Fathers and partners will be able to take unpaid time off to attend two ante-natal appointments.  There will also be protection against dismissal or detriment in relation to time off to accompany a pregnant woman to ante-natal appointments.

The statutory qualifying period for unfair dismissal where the dismissal is connected with the employee's membership of the reserve forces will be removed.  Additional payments will be made to small and medium-sized employers of reservists who are called out for active service.