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GDPR and Shared Parental Leave update

GDPR Data protection law is changing from 25 May 2018, when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. Implementation and compliance with the GDPR will lie with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Penalties for breaching the GDPR are potentially onerous – up to 20 million Euros or 4% of the company’s total Read more…

Employment Law Update – March 2018

The key recent changes are summarised below. National Minimum Wage The new figures for the National Minimum Wage are set out below: From 1 April 2018: National Living Wage (Age 25+) £7.83 (33p increase) Standard Adult Rate (Age 21-25) £7.38 (33p increase) Development Rate (Age 18-20) £5.90 (30p increase) Young Workers Rate (Age 16-17) £4.20 Read more…

Possible Statutory Bereavement Leave to be Introduced in 2020

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill 2017-19 is being debated in Parliament and, if passed, will allow regulations to give employees who lose a child below the age of 18 (including a still birth after 24 weeks) the right to: At least two weeks’ leave (irrespective of their length of service); At least two Read more…

Employment Law Update – March 2017

There are a number of annual increases coming into effect in April 2017. National Minimum Wage From 1 April 2017, the following new rates will apply to the national living and minimum wage:- National Living Wage (Age 25+): £7.50 Standard Adult Rate (Age 21-25): £7.05 Development Rate (Age 18-20): £5.60 Young Workers Rate (Age 16-17): Read more…

New draft National Minimum Wage rates published

The following hourly rates of national minimum wage will apply from 1 April 2017 according to draft Regulations: The national living wage (workers aged 25 and over) will be £7.50. The standard adult rate (workers aged between 21 and 24) will be £7.05. The development rate (workers aged between 18 and 20) will be £5.60. Read more…

News Bulletin: Gender Pay Gap Reporting Update

Further to our last Employment Newsletter on the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Requirements (www.scullytwiss.com/gender-pay-gap-reporting-requirements-an-overview/), Acas have now published their guidance on the legislation which can be found at: www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5768.

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Requirements: An Overview

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations (the final draft of which were published in December 2016) are expected to come into force in April 2017, and will apply to large private and voluntary sector employers (defined as those with 250 or more employees on 5 April of each year). Gender Pay Gap Report Affected employers will Read more…

Uber drivers are workers

An employment tribunal has decided that Uber drivers are workers for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996, the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the Working Time Regulations 1998 entitling them to, amongst other things, holiday pay and the national minimum wage . Uber’s case was that it is simply a technology platform Read more…

Employment Law Update Autumn 2016

Annual National Minimum Wage Rate Increases From 1 October 2016 the National Minimum Wage increased: The National Living Wage (for workers aged 25 and over) remained at £7.20 an hour The standard adult rate (for workers aged 21 to 24) rose from £6.70 to £6.95 an hour The rate for workers aged between 18 and Read more…

Proposed Changes to Taxation of Termination Payments

HM Revenue & Customs has published draft legislation changing the taxation of termination payments, intended to come into force April 2018. The main changes are:- • make all PILONs (payments in lieu of notice) taxable, even if they are non-contractual; • require payment of employer NICs on sums over £30,000 (not currently payable).