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Employment law changes introduced on 1st October 2014

Please find a quick summary of the changes to employment Law which came into effect 1st October 2014: 

Changes to the National Minimum Wage

  • Workers hourly rate if aged 21 and over has increased from £6.13 to £6.50 per hour
  • Workers hourly rate if aged 18 to 20 pay has increased to £5.13 per hour
  • Workers hourly rate if under 18 has increased to £3.79 per hour
  • Apprentice’s hourly rate is now £2.73 per hour.

Remember to check your payslips this month to ensure your employer has increased your hourly rate according to employment law and keep your payslips safe as they are useful evidence to make sure the National Minimum Wage is being paid.

Territorial Army

Previously, a reservist, also known as a member of the Territorial Army, had to accrue 2 years service before they had the right to make a claim should they feel they were unfairly dismissed. A new law has provided extra protection to reservists so that they have a right from ‘day one’ to make a claim. The onus, however, is on the reservist to show that their dismissal was unfair.

Ministry of Defence staff

From now on employers can claim £500 for any members of staff who are absent on military service

Right to unpaid leave for Antenatal classes

Good news for fathers-to-be and partners of pregnant women who are now entitled to take unpaid leave in order to accompany them to antenatal appointments. They now have a right to attend two antenatal appointments. The move is part of much wider government reforms to increase parental leave rights.

Equal pay audit

In an attempt to continue to remove inequality of pay as part of the Equality Act 2010, new legislation this month gives employment tribunals powers to audit employers if it suspected they have breached equal pay law. Employers will have to provide information on pay, job descriptions and responsibilities and reason for differences in pay.

If you have any questions, either as an amployer or employee, relating to the recent changes in employment law then don’t hesitate to contact our employment law specialist solicitors who have many years expertise in this complex area.

Contact Thorneycroft solicitors on 0800 1979 345 or complete our online enquiry form.