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Hewett's Legal Corner #38 - September 2015

Employment Law Update
Employment Law Changes from 1st October 2015

National Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage increases with effect from 01st October 2015 as follows:-

•    The standard adult rate increases to £6.70 from £6.50;
•    The development rate increases to £5.30 from £5.13;
•    The young workers rate increases to £3.87 from £3.79; and
•    The Apprenticeship rate increases to £3.30 to £2.73.

The Deregulation Act 2015 introduces changes

•    Employment tribunals lose the power to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases and can only make recommendations relating to the individual complainant from 1st October 2015;

•    The right for Sikhs to wear turbans instead of safety helmets will be expanded to almost all workplaces in Great Britain. However there will still be limited exceptions for specific roles in the military and emergency services.

•    Self-employed people become exempt from health and safety laws if they have no employees subject to various exceptions.

Modern Slavery Act 2015

The requirement for businesses to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement each year, setting out the action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free is also expected to come into force in October 2015.

If employers have any queries regarding the above, please contact Sally Morris by email at or on 01905 734032.

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