It was announced at the tail end of 2016 that there were to be some changes to employment law in the United Kingdom. Here at Jordan’s we think it’s important for employers and employees to stay up to date with these changes, and be aware if any of these new developments in the law impact your day to day working life.
National Minimum Wage
The national minimum wage increases every April, however, 2016 saw them rise in October. For employees 25+ this hourly rate was increased to £7.20. However, April 2017 will see yet another rise. It’s been announced that the rate for 25+ will rise to £7.50. All other age categories will also see a rise.
- 21-24 – is currently at £6.95 and will rise to £7.05
- 18-20 – the minimum hourly rate is currently at £5.55, which will increase to £5.60
- Under 18’s – will see a rise of 5p from £4.00 to £4.05
- Apprentices – the minimum wage is currently at £3.40, and will increase to £3.50.
Towards the end of 2016, it was announced that workers in the public sector are now legally required to speak fluent English (or fluent in English or Welsh in Wales).
Gender pay gap reporting
It is expected to be confirmed by parliament that employers with over 250 employees will now be legally required to publish a report stating the average difference between male and female employee’s hourly pay. Employers will be required to publish the figures on their website, and submit evidence of compliance annually to the government.
Employers will be expected to calculate and publish three types of figures:
- Gender bonus gap
- Proportion of men and women receiving a bonus
- Proportion of men and women working at each quartile of the organisation’s pay distribution
This is expected to be put in place by April 2017, with the first figures being received by the government the following year.
These are just three changes in employment law, which we think will each have a positive impact on the work place. If you need to discuss anything employment related, contact one of our experienced team here at Jordan’s on 0330 300 1103 or click here.