INSIGHT: Employment Law changes from 1 October 2015
Some significant changes to employment law come into force on 1 October 2015. Here are the key changes you need to know about.
Minimum Wage Increase
The minimum wage will increase on 1 October following the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission in March 2015.
The new rates are as follows:
|18 to 20 year olds||£5.30|
|16 to17 year olds||£3.87|
(Source: DBIS press release)
Change to Employment Tribunal Powers
Employment Tribunals will no longer be able to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases. From 1 October, their recommendations will be limited to those relating to the individual complainant. (See The Deregulation Act 2015.)
New exemption on requirement to wear safety helmets for Sikhs
Sikhs in all workplaces will have the right to wear turbans instead of safety helmets. Currently this right is only allowed on building sites. There are however, various exceptions applying for example, to those who provide an emergency response to hazardous situations (see the Deregulation Act 2015).
Exemptions from H&S laws for the self-employed
Those self-employed people who employ no staff will become exempt from health & safety laws. There are various exceptions (see the Deregulation Act 2015).
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