Few could have missed the introduction of this today. The new rate for workers of 25 years or older is £7.20. Workers 24 years or less still qualify for the minimum wage. There are serious consequences of non compliance. There is a task force set up to police the rates and check up on employers. The awards will be up to 200% of any shortfall as a penalty in addition to paying the shortfall to the worker. In addition to this, a Director of a company not paying the rate can be disqualified for up to 15 years. Targeted industries for the next few months will be Care, Retail and Hairdressing. Age Discrimination Beware that if an employer dismisses someone because they now qualify for the new living wage it is highly likely to be age discrimination, even if the employee does not have two years service. Back to legal...
Businesses should already be aware that as of last April Companies House introduced a register of the people with significant control (PSC) of a company. This was done when submitting the company’s annual confirmation statement (which replaced the annual return in June 2016). Read More Read more>>
A case this month has examined the practice of selecting for redundancy by making employees compete for new roles and sacking the unsuccessful applicants. It has long been established that the selection criteria for selecting in this way, i.e. who gets a new post, are judged by a slightly different test than when an employer… Read more>>
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) have handed down a judgment which aims to assist employers in working out whether they should pay the minimum wage to workers for time spent sleeping. The case of Focus Care Agency v Roberts is essential reading for those who have to make that decision and it applies particularly in… Read more>>