Contents tagged with National Minimum Wage

  • 10 Employment Law Changes For 2019

    Tags: Employment Law, UKEmpLaw, National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage, Settled Status, Brexit, Auto Enrolment Contributions, Pensions, Payslips, Sleep-ins, Gender Pay Gap Reporting, CEO Pay Gap Reporting, Microchipping Employees, Non-disclosure Agreement, Supermarket Equal Pay Claims

    2018 has been a landmark year for employment law with gender pay gap reporting and widespread claims of workplace sexual harassment dominating the headlines. It looks like 2019 will be just as busy with a number of legal changes on their way. Below we list just ten changes that employers will need to look out for. 

    Increase in NMW Rates

    Both the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase in April 2019. Under the new NLW, the minimum hourly rate that workers aged 25 and over are entitled to will increase from £7.83 to £8.21. The NMW rate for workers aged between 21-24 will increase from £7.38 to £7.70 an hour; the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase from £5.90 to £6.15 an hour and those over compulsory school … more

  • Gig Economy – Royal Mail Group Facing legal action from drivers

    Tags: Gig Economy, Royal Mail, Drivers, Supreme Court, Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Self-Employed, Worker, National Minimum Wage, DPD

    The trend towards gig economy drivers and contractors demanding employment status rights will continue throughout 2018. This should come as no surprise when you consider the recent report published by parliamentary committees which determined nearly 1.6 million people work for gig-economy giants and find relatively little protection provided under current employment law due to their status. 

    We previously reported on the Uber drivers ongoing battle in August 2016, and the EAT decision in November 2017 if you haven’t been keeping up with our gig economy posts. 

    More recently, in December 2017, couriers at Parcelforce Worldwide commenced legal action against its parent group, Royal Mail Group Ltd, over failure to pay drivers the national minimum wage and holiday pay.& … more

  • Worker rate changes 2017

    Tags: National Minimum Wage, Employment Law, Living Wage

    Many of us will have been busy enjoying the long Easter break and the last thing that will be on anyone's mind is whether payroll information relating to hourly rates has been submitted or processed to the relevant department. So we thought we would send everyone a reminder that as of the 1 April 2017 National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Living Wage rates changed. Please make sure that you have updated your payroll so that your workers get paid their legal entitlement. 

    If your workers are 25 years old or over and not in their first year of an apprenticeship they are legally entitled to at least the National Living Wage, which went up from £7.20phr to £7.50.

    For those who are under 25 years old or an apprentice they are legally entitled to at least the National Minimum … more

  • Wage Regulations to be implemented from 1 April 2016

    Tags: National Minimum Wage, Employment Law, National Living Wage

    The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016, has been implemented to install a higher rate of pay over and above the national minimum wage currently payable to employees aged 21 and above. From the 1 April 2016 employees aged 25 and above must be on a living wage of £7.20 an hour. 

    The national minimum wage is currently £6.70 per hour and will remain in force for employees under the age of 25.

    Changes to the national living wage rate are expected to be effected periodically with projections suggesting the level to be £9.00 per hour by the year 2020.

    In order to inform employees of compliance with the new regulations, employers are advised to issue a formal letter to individuals affected. Such letters should be issued to the following categories … more

  • Working Sleepovers and the National Minimum Wage (NMW)

    Tags: National Minimum Wage, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal

    According to virtually any empirical research you would care to read, we are an ageing population. It follows then that the number of individuals engaged in care-based employment will continue to rise alongside the number of elderly and vulnerable people requiring care.

    Owing to the demand placed on the time of such workers, staying overnight to care for their charges is a very common practice. It is important then that the legal mechanics of how those in the care industry are paid for unsociable hours are clear, both to the workers themselves and their employers.

    The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) case of Esparon t/a Middle West Residential Care Home v Slavikovska has further clarified the position where a care worker is required to sleepover.

    The core … more

  • National Minimum Wage (NMW) to increase on 1 October 2013

    Tags: National Minimum Wage, Employment Law

    On the 1 October 2013, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates increase. The hourly rate for workers over the age of 21 increases from £6.19 to £6.31.

     The other changes are:

    £5.03 for those aged 18 up to the age of 20

    £3.72 for 16 to 17 years old, who are above school leaving age but under 18

    £2.68 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

    ACAS has also introduced a new useful online tool to assist employers calculate entitlements.   more

  • New BIS scheme to enforce National Minimum Wage (NMW) by naming and shaming employers

    Tags: National Minimum Wage, BIS, Employment Law

    You may have all heard about the BIS scheme which was launched on 1 January 2011 and set out to name employers who failed to pay their employees the NMW. Well now Norman Lamb, Minister for Employment Relations, has named the first employer – Rita Patel. The Leicester hair and beauty salon owner has been named for failing to pay £3,361.22 to former worker following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

    HMRC have resorted to enforcing the debt through the courts. The Government argues (and I have to agree it is certainly arguable) that bad publicity is an effective way of deterring employers who may be tempted to pay their workers less than the NMW.

    Currently HMRC issue a press release when an employer has unsuccessfully appealed against a notice of underpayment … more

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  • How To Manage Workplace Relationships

    Tags: Sex Discrimination, Victimisation, Sexual Harassment, Employment Law, Human Resources, Valentine's Day, Workplace Relationships, Romantic Relationships

    With Valentine’s Day making February the month for romance, this month we take a look at some of the potential risks to employers when romance blossoms amongst employees and the steps that can be taken to address these.

    Why Should An Employer Be Concerned About Its Employees Forming Romantic Relationships In The Workplace?

    Romantic relationships between employees in the same organisation can expose the employer to a number of legal risks. These are most likely to arise when one employee is pursuing another to start a relationship or, even more so, when the relationship breaks down. The most obvious legal risks are as follows:

    Sexual Harassment

    This occurs where one employee engages in unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect either of violating … more

    

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