Employment law update

Employment law is ever changing whether through case law or legislative changes. Below is a brief summary of the proposed changes announced by the Government. The Government has also commenced consultation on further proposals.

 Employment Law timetable

Proposed changes Launch date
All young people to be in education or training until the age of 18 (England)All young people in England will need to participate in education or training until the age of 18. 26 June 2015
Managing sickness absenceA health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering free occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence. Further information is available from GOV.UK – Fit for Work guidance. Roll out during 2015
Holiday pay arrearsA new regulation is to come into force to prevent any claims of arrears of holiday pay going back more than 2 years. 1 July 2015
National Minimum Wage rate increaseWorkers:aged 21 and over – £6.70 per hour

aged 18-20 – £5.30

aged 16-17 – £3.87

Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of the apprenticeship – £3.30 per hour.

1 October 2015
The National Living WageA compulsory National Living Wage is due to be introduced in April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and will be set at £7.20 per hour. April 2016
Tax-free childcare schemeFamilies where both parents work and each earns less that £150,000 per year will be eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs of up to £2,000 for each child or £4,000 if the child is disabled. Early 2017


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