Employment Law Changes

1 October 2015

Time to Update

The following changes will take effect from 1st October 2015:

National Minimum Wage 

As of today the hourly rate for adult workers (21+) will increase to £6.70 from £6.50 per hour.  The rates for young workers and apprentices will also increase with the national hourly rate being:

  • 18 to 20 years old = £5.30 per hour
  • Under 18 years old = £3.87 per hour
  • Apprentice rate = £3.30 per hour
H&S - Sikh safety helmet exemption 

Previously, the right for Sikh's to wear turbans instead of safety helmets was restricted to construction sites only however this has now been extended to all workplaces.  The change in law will mean that Sikh's can now wear a turban instead of a safety helmet in factories and warehouses.  Sikh workers will be required to wear the necessary head protection if they are working in the armed forces or an emergency response role.

Tribunals

Employment tribunals no longer have the power to make any recommendations in discrimination cases that go beyond the employees's own circumstances.