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Employment Law

National Minimum Wage October 2015

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National Minimum Wage rates increase on 1st October 2015 for all employees as follows: Band New Hourly Rate Previous rate Percentage increase (approx) Age 21+ £6.70 £6.50 3% Age 18 – 20 £5.30 £5.13 3% Under 18 £3.87 £3.79 2% Apprentice £3.30 £2.73 21% It’s good news for all Apprentices aged 16 – 18 and those aged 19+ in their first year, as they will benefit from the largest increase to their rate that we have seen over recent years. The apprentice rate is also the largest percentage increase across all bands at a 21% uplift over last years rates….

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Employment Tribunal cases are down

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I recently attended an employment law update presented by Derek Eccleston of Employment Law Training Ltd. Derek opened his session by sharing some employment tribunal statistics with us: January to March 2013 – 14,843 cases January to March 2015 – 4,878 cases You can see that there has been a reduction of around 10,000 cases in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same period in 2013. Unfortunately, this reduction is unlikely to be because everything is wonderful in the world of employee relations, but more likely to be as a result of the coalition government making two major…

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Shared parental leave and unequal pay

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Last week I attended an employment law seminar covering shared parental leave (SPL) which will come into effect in the new financial year. To put it simply SPL is a family friendly government initiative to provide parents with more choice in how they look after their child in the first year after birth or adoption. Focussing on the birth of a child and maternity leave, mothers are currently entitled to 52 weeks leave but under SPL a mother will be able to share up to 50 weeks of her leave with her partner, providing he/she qualifies. SPL is optional for…

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4 things to consider before taking on your first employee

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When I first became an employer I didn’t have a clue what steps I needed to take, which meant lots of searching online as a reactive measure or learning the hard way. On looking back I can think of four key points I wish I had better knowledge of prior to taking on my first employee. That would have meant my focus was more on the individual rather than the process as an employer. 1. The costs of employment Make sure your business can afford to take on its first employee. If you are thinking of providing someone with an…

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Employment contracts – the basics

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An employment contract is simply an agreement between an employee and their employer. Usually an employment contract is issued at the same time as an offer of employment is accepted but, if this is not the case, the contract must be issued within two months of the start date for all employees (not including self-employed or agency staff BUT including part-time or temporary employees regardless of how many hours they are working) who have been employed for more than one month. Whilst most employment contracts are in writing (and we would recommend this to avoid any ambiguity and also to…

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