Government reforms (1): Spring changes – are you ready?

The following changes are on their way in April: 1 April 2016 National Living Wage: a new mandatory National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour will be introduced from 1 April 2016 for workers aged 25 or over. The National Minimum Wage will continue to apply to other workers (current rate (until September 2016) is…
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Government reforms: Financial penalties for unpaid awards

What do we already know? We updated you in our July 2014 Newsflash Small business, enterprise & employment bill on the Government’s plans to introduce a financial penalty for employers who fail to pay sums ordered by a Tribunal or owed under settlement agreements reached following ACAS conciliation. The planned penalty was 50% of the…
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Newsflash: Small business, enterprise & employment bill

In our June Newsletter Government reforms (3) – Queen’s speech we reported that the Government had plans to introduce the ‘Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill’. This Bill has now been published and a consultation launched which closes on 17 September 2014. The Government has published a fact sheet on the Bill which is available…
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Spring changes – Are you ready?

It continues to be a busy year for HR/employment law changes and in order to keep you up to speed with we remind you what’s happening in April. 6 April 2014 Statutory maternity/paternity/adoption pay and sick pay increases: standard weekly rate of statutory maternity/adoption/paternity pay will increase from £136.78 to £138.18; standard rate of statutory…
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Government reforms (1): Financial penalties

What do we already know? While much of the Government’s reforms have targeted employer-friendly solutions to improving the Tribunal system, one proposal has sought to redress the balance. This proposal is that Tribunals impose financial penalties on employers where they breach a worker’s rights and there are “aggravating features”. The penalty will be 50% of…
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Government reforms: finalised

The Government’s central reform package, set out in the ERRB has now been finalised and become the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA 2013). The Government has also published commencement dates for various parts of the Act and we set out the most relevant below. Those provisions with an ‘unknown’ date are planned to…
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