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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Legal update – Employment Law

This update on employment law changes from 1st October 2014 has come from Sandy Adirondack.

Minimum wage

  • National minimum wage (NMW) went up on 1 October.
  • Provisions in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill could hugely increase the maximim civil penalty for failure to pay NMW.
  • Department of Health consults on draft Care Act 2014 guidance, which would encourage local authorities to exclude care providers from tendering for contracts if they have breached NMW regulations.
  • BIS intends to consolidate 15 years of NMW regulations.

More at

  • Briefings from Russell-Cooke solicitors and Unite the Union on minimum wage and on-call/sleep-in time.


Antenatal appointments

  • From 1 October partners/fathers have a new right to accompany a pregnant woman to antenatal appointments.
  • BIS guidance covers situations such as a man who is simultaneously expecting with two different women, or where a woman’s husband is not the father.


PAYE penalties

  • From 6 October there are automatic penalties for late filing of PAYE real time information (RTI) during the tax year.


Equal pay

  • From 1 October, if an employment tribunal finds that an employer has breached equal pay law, it must order the employer to carry out an equal pay audit unless an exception applies, or the employer is a micro-business (fewer than 10 employers) or a new business (in its first 12 months).


For more legal updates for voluntary and community organisations see Sandy Adirondack’s website.