See what’s coming up in the world of employment law with our summary of changes taking effect from October 2015, including national minimum wage increases. What lies ahead?
1. The National Minimum Wage Increase.
The hourly rate of the national minimum wage is set to increase as follows:
- Workers aged 16-17: from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour.
- Workers aged 18-20: from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour.
- Workers aged 21 and over: from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour.
- Apprentices under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship: from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour.
Accordingly, if you are an employer you need to ensure that you pay your workers an hourly wage equivalent of at least the new rate from 1 October 2015.
2. Employers to publish modern slavery statements.
Unfortunately slavery still exists in today’s modern society and can be seen in the workplace in the form of compulsory labour and human trafficking.
All employers with an annual turnover of at least £36 million will be required to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year, setting out the steps they have taken to prevent slavery or human trafficking from existing in their business or supply chains. The statement must be published on the employer’s website or, where the business does not have a website, it must provide a copy of the statement on request.
The Government is yet to produce statutory guidance on how to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement. In the meantime, employers should prepare by checking their existing risk management systems, how they undertake due diligence and their supply chain relationships to ensure that compulsory labour and human trafficking is not present.