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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Wages, Pensions & Age

Our legal expert provides a number of updates on wages, pensions and discrimination

National minimum wage goes up for adults (21+), 18-20 year olds and apprentices, but not for 16-17 year olds who are not apprentices.

Pension auto-enrolment begins for employers with 120,000 or more employees – then 1 November for employers with 50,000-119,999 employees, then in stages. Employers with fewer than 30 employees will auto-enrol from June 2015-April 2017, and new employers who started PAYE schemes on or after 1 April 2012 will auto-enrol from May 2017-February 2018.

Payment allowed for permitted work (for people on employment and support allowance and other benefits based on incapacity for work) goes up from £97.50 per week to £99.50.

Age discrimination in provision of services, goods, facilities or public functions becomes unlawful, except in relation to under-18s or where an exception is allowed.

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