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...
Last year, the courts decided that if overtime was compulsory, it should be included in the amount of a week’s pay for the purpose of holiday pay calculation. Now, the courts have progressed this by ruling that voluntary overtime needs to be included in the calculation, particularly when it is worked regularly. Read More Read more>>
Employees will no longer have to pay to start a claim in Tribunal after the Supreme Court unanimously quashed the fees regime introduced by the government in 2013. Fees for Tribunals have deterred a great many claims in Tribunal, not only for unpaid wages but for discrimination and unfair dismissal as well. Tribunal applications dropped… Read more>>
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>>