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Hr Corner

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April and October are the two key dates when new employment legislation takes effect. That's not to say that we dont get more of it outside of these dates, but generally, it was intended that these two dates would make things easier for employers. Surprisingly, this October only sees a couple of changes, but one of these is a very big change!

National Minimum Wage

One update in October that most employers have become used to is the annual increase in the national minimum wage. From October 1 st 2010 the main rate has increased from 25,80 per hour to 35.93 per hour, but whereas this main rate used to be applicable to workers aged 22 and over, it has now been extended to include all workers aged 21 and over. The development rate - which is paid to workers aged 18 to 20 - increases from 44.83 per hour to 54,92 per hour. The rate for workers aged 16 and 17 goes up from 63,57 per hour to 73,64 per hour, Finally, for the national minimum wage, and following recommendations from the Low Ray Commission, October introduces an apprentice minimum wage of 82,50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 years of age and to apprentices aged over 19 if in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Single Equality Act

The big one for October 2010 though, is the consolidation of all existing discrimination laws into the new Equality Act 2010. Key areas of this new Act will define direct discrimination, in terms of less favourable treatment, because of protected characteristics rather than the discrimination terminology previously used, The key point here is that it will widen the scope of discrimination based upon a perceived protected characteristic. …

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