The new National Minimum Wage and the new National Living Wage – The facts

The new National Minimum Wage – 1st October 2015   On Thursday 1 October 2015 the adult rate of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) increased by 20p from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour (as recommended by the Low Pay Commission). The Government rejected the LPC’s recommendation for the apprentice rate and the new apprenticeship rate will only now increase by 57p to £3.30. But this is still reported as the largest ever increase in the National Minimum Wage for apprentices. So from 1 October 2015 here are the new rates: Adult rate is £6.70 per hour – an increase of … Read More

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published figures – a brief overview

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently published figures – a brief overview I thought it may be interesting for others to have an overview of the recent proceedings, prosecutions and enforcement rates across the UK for 2013-14 There were 674 cases prosecuted for health and safety breaches.  636 of these resulted in a successful conviction with a combined fines total of £18 million.   Across England and Wales alone the HSE prosecuted 551 cases with 517 (94%) conviction success rate. Looking at Enforcement notices (Improvement, Deferred Prohibition and Immediate Prohibition Notices) these have been on the increase in 2013/14 compared with … Read More

Redundancy calculations 2014

Employment Facts and Stats – 2014 Statutory payments:  Guide to calculating redundancy pay  Extracted from our latest Employment Facts and Stats update Summer 2014 In business change happens and this sometimes means that a redundancy situation cannot be avoided. Below are the minimum Statutory calculations for redundancy payments employees with over 2 years service are entitled to. Of course you may offer a more generous package within your Terms and Conditions with your employee, but that is up to you.   One & a half weeks pay Each full year of employment in which the employee is aged 41 & over … Read More

Statutory notice periods 2014

Employment Facts and Stats  Statutory Notice periods 2014 So many employment facts and laws an employer needs to know. One is the minimum notice periods to be given by Employer and Employees if the contract of employment is ended for whatever reason. Employers: Statutory minimum notice will override any contractual notice within an Employee’s Terms and Conditions of Employment if greater. In other words, whatever the contract may state, below is the minimum notice you must give to an Employee if you are terminating their Contract of Employment. The only override to this is if the Employment Contract is ended due … Read More

Statutory qualifying periods & rates July 2014

Employment Facts and Stats  Statutory employment law qualifying periods & rates   So many employment facts and laws for employers to remember.  And, it is sometimes hard to know where to go for trusted information you can rely on. These are the legally required, qualifying employment periods an employee needs to have the right to take their claim against you to a tribunal or qualify for redundancy pay. It also gives the time limit for an employee to take any claim to a tribunal after their employment has been terminated.  And finally, the statutory compensation limits for each.   Compensation limits Qualifying … Read More

National Minimum Wage 2014

Employment Facts and Stats  National Minimum Wage  Summer 2014   The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate is dependent on age and whether your employee is an apprentice. To qualify for the National Minimum Wage a person must be school leaving age. Please note that whether a person is considered school leaving age or not will be dependent on exactly when in the year they were born. It is always best to check. The NMW is usually updated every October. The rates below were updated in October 2013 and currently apply. The rates will however increase in October 2014, for example … Read More

Employee Statutory payments 2014

Employment Facts and Stats  Statutory employee payments from April 2014  So many employment facts and laws to know.  Combined with the difficultly of knowing where to go for trusted information, we thought this would be useful employer law update to include for employers. Below is a round up of current Employee Statutory payments. Statutory Sick pay Now £87.55 per week.  From April you will also no longer be able to recover the cost of SSP from the HRMC (prior to 6 April 2014 employers could reclaim SSP exceeding 13% of National Insurance contributions).   Statutory Maternity, Adoption, Paternity Currently  £138.18 … Read More