Employment Law Changes – October 2015 Round-up
The government and decision makers have been very busy! There are a number of employment law changes that are due to take effect from October 2015 and we have decided that it is best to give you the key details on these so that you can look to implement these changes into your business.
National Minimum Wage (NMW) Increase
NMW rates are set to increase as announced in April’s budget. From 1st October 2015 the increases are as below:
- Standard NMW is due to increase from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour
- The youth rate is set to increase from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour
- The rate for workers aged 16 to 17 increases from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour
- The apprentice rate will increase from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour
Sikh Safety Helmet Exemption
Sikhs who wear turbans are currently exempt from wearing safety helmets on construction sites as per the Employment Act 1989. From 1st October 2015 this law is being extended to any workplace as provided by the Deregulation Act 2015. There are still some exceptions to this law which include places of work such as emergency response and the armed forces.
Wider Recommendations Given by Employment Tribunals in Discrimination Cases
Also as a consequence of the Deregulation Act 2015, from 1st October 2015 employment tribunals are now not allowed to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases. The tribunals can still make recommendations as to the steps an employer can take to reduce the adverse effect of the discrimination but only in relation to the claimant.
Smoking in Private Vehicles Banned if Carrying Under 18s
A new law has been introduced to prevent someone smoking in a vehicle if there is a person or persons under the age of 18 years old present. The law that comes into play from 1st October 2015 is aimed at helping younger people and will provide health benefits for them. Enforcement officers can issue warnings, fines and even refer cases to court if it is deemed appropriate.
Large Employers Requirement for Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
From October 2015 commercial employers with an annual turnover of at least £36 million are required to publish anti-slavery and human trafficking statements each year on their company website. The statement must provide details on how such practices are prevented, in line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, in both their business and supply chains.
If you would like any help or assistance with HR related issues, or you are unsure how to implement such changes into your business then please contact Peopletime to discuss how we can assist on 01280 875220 or [email protected].