Employment law update
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The Government has announced several proposed changes to employment law. It has also launched a number of consultations on further proposed changes. A round up of these changes is listed below to help people understand them and their potential impact.
Employment Law updates timetable
|Proposed changes to employment law||Launch date|
|All young people to be in education or training until the age of 18 (England)|
All young people in England will need to participate in education or training until the age of 18.
|26 June 2015|
Managing sickness absence
A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering free occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence. Further information is available from GOV.UK - Fit for Work guidance.
|Roll out during 2015|
|Holiday pay arrears|
New regulation come into force to prevent claims of arrears of holiday pay going back more than 2 years.
|1 July 2015|
|National Minimum Wage rate increase|
aged 21 and over - £6.70 per hour
aged 18-20 - £5.30
aged 16-17 - £3.87
Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of the apprenticeship - £3.30 per hour.
|1 October 2015|
The National Living Wage
A compulsory National Living Wage is due to be introduced in April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and will be set at £7.20 per hour.
|Tax-free childcare scheme|
Families where both parents work and each earns less that £150,000 per year will be eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs of up to £2,000 for each child or £4,000 if the child is disabled.
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