National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2013

  The National Minimum Wage rates are increasing from 1 October 2013. They will be:   •         Apprentice rates: £2.68 per hour. * But see note below. •         Under 18s: £3.72 per hour. •         18 to 20 years: £5.03 per hour. •         Age 21 years and over: £6.31 per hour.   *This is the rate…

Workplace pension reform

All employers need to be aware of their responsibilities following the introduction of pension reforms. Some elements of this new legislation, such as the safeguards for individuals, came into effect for all employers from 1 July 2012.   The Pensions Regulator has issued “Getting Ready” notes for employers and this can be downloaded as a…

National Minimum Wage Rates

New rates came into force on 1 October 2012 and are: £6.19 per hour for workers aged 21 and over – a rise of 11p £4.98 per hour for 18-20 year olds – no change £3.68 per hour for workers above school leaving age but under 18 – no change £2.65 per hour for apprentices…

Employers costs to increase by 3%

The Pensions Regulator has published information about proposed workplace pension changes that are due to be phased in from next year. Workers who will need to enrol in the new workplace pension arrangements unless they expressly choose to opt out are: * Employees who earn more than the minimum earnings threshold (to be announced), and…

Coping with employment law

A recent survey by Business Link has highlighted how difficult it is for a small business owner to cope with employment legislation. The results revealed that two thirds of small businesses fail to implement employment law properly. The findings were: A quarter didn’t think it was their job to implement the law. A fifth weren’t…

New Employment Rules

There are a host of new employment related regulations coming into force on 6 April 2010. This is a brief summary of the regulations that are most likely to affect you or your business. Image via Wikipedia – Fit notes – these replace sick notes issued by GPs and will state what the worker can…

Taking on an apprentice

The CBI has called on the government to provide extra subsidies to help apprenticeship schemes. The employers’ group wants to see a portion of the government’s £500 million recruitment subsidy fund re-directed towards supporting new apprenticeships. Under the CBI scheme, some £125 million would go towards supporting an additional 50,000 apprentices. Employers would receive £2,500…

Health and safety on the road

Hands up all those employers who take a fairly relaxed approach to health and safety, because they think their work place is really quite a safe place, maybe an office? Well consider this…… Image by Ian Hampton via Flickr It is estimated that one third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is ‘at…

Minimum wage increased from 1 October 2009

New minimum wage rates will apply from 1 October 2009. These show a small increase from the 2008 rates, the increases having been proposed while the rate of inflation was considerably higher than now. The new rates and rates of increase are : Full rate (age 22 and over) – new rate £5.80 per hour; old…

Chilcare and Child Tax Credits

In order to qualify for Child Tax Credits (CTC’s) the person responsible for taking care of your children (child) had to be registered with the Childcare Approval Scheme. From 18 July 2009 the Childcare Approval Scheme ceased to exist and all childcare providers approved under this scheme (for example a nanny or foster carer working…