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Friday, October 9th, 2015

Legal update: Employment Law

Employment law changes 1 October 2015 (and related changes)

These updates has been received from Sandy Adirondack (find all updates at

National minimum wage

NMW goes up from 1 October.

Plus NMW changes: a campaign since 29 July to make it easier to employers to pay workers NMW owed to them; huge increase since 26 May in potential penalties for non-payment of NMW, with another huge increase in the pipeline; guidance to local authorities to consider excluding employers who don’t pay NMW from the tendering process for care and support contracts under the Care Act; and of course the introduction of the ‘national living wage’ for over-25s from April 2016.

All at

Wider recommendations in discrimination cases

From 1 October employment tribunals can no longer make recommendations for all or part of the workforce in discrimination cases. As was the case prior to the Equality Act 2010, the tribunal will only be able to make recommendations in relation to the individual claimant(s).

Health, safety and self employed workers

From 1 October, many self employed workers no longer have to comply with health and safety legislation.

Sikhs and safety helmets

From 1 October, Sikhs can wear a turban rather than a safety helmet at any workplace (with a few exceptions), rather than only on construction sites as previously.

Upper limit for permitted earnings

From 1 October, upper earnings limit for people on employment and support allowance, incapacity benefit etc doing permitted work increased from £104 to £107.50 per week.

All updates at