The abolition of the default retirement age (see our latest posting) is certainly the most newsworthy change happening next month, but the following provisions are also worth a reminder:

  • The new additional paternity leave regime will apply to parents of babies expected to be born or children matched for adoption from 3 April onwards.
  • On 6 April the right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to parents of 17 year olds.
  • The second major implementation date for the Equality Act 2010 also falls on 6 April. That is the start date for the introduction of the new single public sector equality duty, as well as the commencement date for the provision that allows limited positive discrimination in recruitment.

However two changes that were previously expected will not now happen on 6 April:

  • The right to request time off for training was due to be extended to employees at smaller organisations. It currently applies only at organisations with 250 or more staff. The Government is currently considering whether this right should be extended, and if so when.
  • The Bribery Act 2010 was due to come into force on 6 April. Instead it is likely to come into effect later this year. Although the exact date has not been announced, we are told it will be three months after the final guidance is published, which is expected soon.