Employment law changes – 1st October 2015

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Numerous employment law changes came into force today as a result of the Deregulation Act 2015. Key changes include:

  1. Sikhs will now have the right to wear a turban instead of a safety helmet across almost all workforces in Great Britain. Until now, this right was restricted to Sikhs within certain workplaces. It should be noted that there will be some limited exceptions, such as specific roles within the military and emergency services.
  2. The power of employment tribunals to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases will no longer be available.

In addition to the changes introduced by the Deregulation Act 2015, The National Minimum Wage Amendment Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/971) (“the NMW Regulations”) came into force today. The NMW Regulations change the rates of national minimum wage in accordance with recommendations from the Low Pay Commission. The following rates will now apply:

  • Standard adult rate (workers aged 21 and over) = £6.70 p/h
  • Development rate (workers aged between 18-20) = £5.30 p/h
  • Young workers rate (workers aged under 18 but above compulsory school age) = £3.87 p/h
  • Apprentice wage = £3.30 p/h

Later in October 2015, it is expected that large businesses will be required to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement, setting out the action they have taken to ensure that their supply chains are free from slavery.

If your business is affected by any of the above changes or if you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Employment Law team.

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