Employment Law Update
A few important if not earth shattering changes have been made to UK Employment Law as of 1st October 2015. I shall briefly try to summarise these as follows:-
Smoking in cars with children.
From the 1st October 2015 it is an offence for drivers of private cars in England to smoke when they have passengers under 18 years of age. If you are an Employer and you give employees a Company car as a benefit then you will need to review your Company car policies as these will be covered by the ban if they also use their cars for transporting their children.
Sikhs and Safety Helmets.
At the moment the Law already exempts Sikhs from wearing safety helmets on construction sites. From the 1st October 2015 the exemption will extend to all other work places with certain limited exceptions relating to the Armed Forces and Emergency Services.
National Minimum Wage.
Take care and note the new Rates.
£6.70 per hour for a worker aged 21 or over.
£5.30 per hour for a worker aged 18 years or over (but not yet 21).
£3.87 per hour for a worker aged under 18 years.
£3.30 per hour for a worker working under the Standard Apprenticeship rate.
That’s the great thing about Employment Law - it changes all the time. Remember if you are an Employer ignorance of the Law is no excuse !
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