Employment Law Spring round up

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 20 Apr, 2017

Are you up to date with new legislation?

Spring does not just bring flowers in bloom and good weather but also a series of legislative changes from large compliance projects for data protection and gender pay gap reporting to costs increases as the apprenticeship levy and additional fees for sponsoring foreign workers are introduced.

What changed/s:

  • The Trade Union Act 2016 which reforms the rules on trade union ballots for taking industrial action came into force 1 March 2017 . The main amendments of the Act are:
    • 50% turnout threshold for the ballot to be valid on industrial action.
      • 40% support threshold from all members in order to take industrial action in key public services.
    • Four month time limit for which the ballot will remain valid to authorise industrial action
    • 2 weeks' notice of industrial action
    • Union supervision of picketing

  • The Financial Conduct Authority rules regarding regulatory references for senior managers and staff came into force on 7  March 2017 which means that, before recruiting certain positions which fall within the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) , it will be necessary to obtain satisfactory references covering the candidates prior 6 years employment history.

  • The new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage came into force from 1 April 2017 as follows:
    • National Living Wage £7.50
    • National Minimum Wage
      • Workers aged 21-24 £7.05
      • Workers aged 18-20 £5.60
      • Workers aged 16-17 £4.05
      • Apprentice rate £3.50
      • The accommodation offset limit also increased to £ 6.00 per hour
    • Other Statutory payments  increased in April 2017:
      • Maternity/Paternity/Adoption  £140.98 from 2 April 2017
      • Sick pay £89.35 from 6 April 2017

  • The Employment Tribunal compensation limits increased from 6 April 2017  with the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal rising to £ 80,541 and the maximum limit on a week's pay to £ 489. It is worth remembering that the Ministry of Justice launched a database of all employment tribunal judgements which is now on line; this means that these judgements are searchable by name of employee and/or employer, tribunal etc so it is easy track if someone ( or some company) has been involved in litigation/s and it does include claims that have been withdrawn by the Claimant  following COT3 or Settlement Agreement.
  • The Equality Act 2010 ( Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force 6 April 2017 to address the gender pay gap introducing the requirement for private sector organisations with 250 employees or more to publish their gender pay gap. Employers will need to publish key wage information, and these details will need to include the difference in hourly earnings as well as the gap in bonus pay. The first reporting date will be 5 April 2018.

  • The Apprenticeship Levy came into effect 6 April 2017 affecting organisations both in the private and public sector with a payroll of more than £3 million per year. Employers will be liable to pay a 0.5% levy on their total wage bill for the purpose of raising money to meet the cost of apprenticeship schemes across the UK.

  • The Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017 came into force from 6 April 2017  which means that employers who sponsor skilled workers under tier 2 of the points based system will have to pay £1,000 per certificate; they will also need to confirm that they have checked that all their current employees have the right to work in the UK, and that they can prove that those checks have taken place ( paper trail is essential to show due diligence).

And finally from 25 Mary 2018 the   EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force  when the UK is likely to still be in the EU and so it will apply between May 2018 and any departure from the EU.
Employers will be required to carry out audits of employee personal data that they collect and process to ensure it meets the Regulations. The Information Commissioner's Office has published a very useful guide  "Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulations - 12 steps to take"   to help businesses prepare.

I believe that large/r organisations are better equipped in dealing with the changes both in terms of access to expertise and in terms of administrative resources. My question is how are small businesses going to deal/dealing with this as most small businesses grow organically without internal systems in place for human resources and HR is given a very low priority compared to chasing the next sale/deal. There are of course various solutions to this from a DIY approach accessing available free resources to Outsourced HR to engaging an Interim Consultant to help.

One thing is sure ignorance of the law is not admissible and compliance is a Must.
Is your organisation already compliant to the relevant legislation/s or at least on its way to be ( complaint)?





The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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