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New consultations: Proposed changes to employment law following Taylor Review

Employers have the chance to give their views on potential changes to employment law. The Government has announced four consultations as part of its Good Work Plan - its response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

The consultations are:

Key proposals in the consultations include:

  • Clarifying when a person is an employee, worker or self-employed (although the Government says it does not propose to change the current classifications, as some had hoped)
  • A requirement for employers to provide a written statement of terms for all workers, not just employees
  • A requirement to pay gig economy workers the national minimum or living wage
  • Ensuring workers are aware of their rights, such as to paid holiday
  • Transferring enforcement of statutory holiday and sick pay to HM Revenue & Customs, and simplifying the process to enforce tribunal awards and naming and shaming those who fail to pay
  • Giving workers power to request more predictable terms such as guaranteed hours if they are zero-hours workers

Operative date

  • Now


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Posted on 1 March 2018 | 5:59 pm

New law: Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates confirmed for April

The Government has confirmed new Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates from 1 April 2018.

The new living wage and national minimum wage rates for categories of worker are as follows:

  • The living wage rate for workers aged 25 or over increases to £7.83 per hour (previously £7.50)
  • The national minimum wage rate for employees aged 21 to 24 increases to £7.38 per hour (previously £7.05)
  • The rate for employees aged 18 to 20 increases to £5.90 per hour (previously £5.60)
  • The rate for employees under 18 but above the compulsory school age (and not apprentices) increases to £4.20 per hour (previously £4.05)
  • The accommodation offset increases to £7.00 per day (previously £6.40)

Operative date

  • 1 April 2018


  • Employers should budget and prepare for the new rates from 1 April

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Posted on 1 March 2018 | 5:58 pm

Case law: Court clarifies when employer should be treated as knowing an employee is disabled

Employers considering whether to make adjustments for an ill or injured employee should consider whether or not the employee is disabled in light of what the employee and their GP say, and any Occupational Health (OH) advice received. However, they must properly consider (not blindly accept) what they are told, or risk acting unlawfully.Read more

Posted on 1 March 2018 | 5:57 pm