New employment law legislation round-up

Some of the new proposed employment laws have already come into place. Here’s a quick round-up of a few of the laws that have already come into force and laws coming into effect in the near future.

New employment legislation

1st April 2018: National Minimum Wage rates updated

  • Apprentice rate: £3.70
  • National Living Wage for employees aged 25 and over: £7.83.
  • Standard Adult Rate for employees aged 21 to 24: £7.38.
  • Young Workers Rate for employees aged 16 to 17 who aren’t apprentices: £5.90.
  • Development Rate for employees aged between 18 and 20: £5.90.

6th April 2018: New rates for employment claims

  • Statutory redundancy award: £15,240.
  • Max UD compensatory award: £83,682.
  • A ‘week’s pay; is now £508.

25th May 2018: Data Protection

  • All areas of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now come into effect.
  • The Data Protection Act 2018 replaces the Data Protection Act 1998.

Future employment legislation

6th April 2019: Itemised pay slips (click here for a full run down of the changes)

  • All workers and employees have the right to receive an itemised statement of pay.
  • Employers need to provide extra details on pay slips such as total hours worked for hourly rate employees, different types of work and different rates of pay.

April 2019 (exact date TBA): Parental Bereavement

  • If parliament approve the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill 2018/19, all bereaved parents have the right to take two weeks paid parental bereavement leave

For more expert advice on employment law, contact Alison via email for more information.

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Getting the GDPR right for HR

With the implementation of the GDPR just around the corner (May 2018), it’s essential to consider how the new regulation is going to impact on HR matters. We know how tricky this can be, particularly for small businesses with no in-house team to guide them through the steps to compliance.

The  European Commission has recently put together some guidance on the GDPR, which you can take a look at here. Alongside this, they’ve also launched a new online tool for SMEs, which you can find here. The tool aims to raise awareness of the GDPR, and gives practical advice to help guide you through to a successful conclusion of the GDPR.

Similarly, the ICO has updated its guide to the GDPR. These updates include:

  • More information on the ‘lawful basis’ for collecting personal data, such as legal obligation, vital interests and public task, and
  • A more detailed explanation on personal data breaches.

You can find the full guide here. Alongside the guide, the ICO has also published guidance on documentation, and the new requirements under Article 30 of the GDPR. You can see that here.

If you’re not already a part of our community, now is the perfect time to join us. Here at Enlighten HR we will be advising clients (not people on the general mailing list so now might be a good time to talk to us about joining our community) on the HR related steps you need to take to make sure you’re GDPR compliant. As part of this we’ll also be supplying a GDPR Policy and a range of other employee-related paperwork.

If you’re interested, you can find out more by contacting Alison here.

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