The Living Wage Foundation has announced their new uplifted rates early on Thursday 22nd September 2022, a day ahead of the UK governments fiscal statement. Employers who declare themselves as Living Wage employers usually have 6 months to implement these new rates from the date of announcement, however the deadline has been set as 14th … Continue reading Real Living Wage increases to £10.90 in UK and £11.95 in London
The Living Wage Foundation has brought forward the announcement of the new Living Wage Rates (and London Living Wage rate from its tradition November announcement point at the beginning of the Living Wage week, to the earlier date of 22nd September 2022 as part of an initiative to support employees with the cost of living … Continue reading Uprated real Living Wage rate imminent
Commenting on the labour market figures published by the ONS, which show real wages falling by 4.1 per cent (on CPI measure) as the cost of living crisis intensifies, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Everyone who works deserves financial security. “But with the Bank of England predicting the worst decline in real pay for … Continue reading TUC calls on ministers to get pay rising, as real wages fall again
For pay periods commencing from the 1st April 2022, the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates come into force. Employers who fail to ensure that their staff are paid at least minimum wage for all work-time will be in breach of National Minimum Wage law and are committing criminal activity. those found … Continue reading New National Minimum Wage rates commence
“The new appointment will bolster government’s continued efforts to protect and enhance workers’ rights while stamping out workplace exploitation” Margaret Beels appointed as new Director of Labour Market EnforcementBeels will set strategic direction for labour market enforcement bodies and will oversee an annual assessment of the scale and nature of workplace non-compliance Margaret Beels OBE … Continue reading Margaret Beels appointed as Director of Labour Market Enforcement
On the 21st October 2021, the UK government indicated approval of the Low Pay Commission recommendation for the uplifting of minimum pay rates within the United Kingdom – these new minimum rates apply for pay periods commencing on or after 1st April 2022. The National Living Wage (NLW) increases to £9.50, a 6.6% rise. With … Continue reading National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases April 2022
Holiday entitlements and pay are some of the most misunderstood and abused employment rights law in the UK. Statistics show that 1.8 million workers and employees are denied their holiday pay rights amounting to underpayments of £1.8 billion. A number of myths abound in UK employment practice, especially around the concept of Holiday Accrual, Holiday … Continue reading Holiday accrual, how does it work?
Government names and shames 191 employers who have underpaid workers, including major household namesnamed firms have been fined for owing £2.1 million to over 34,000 workersBusiness Minister Paul Scully: “Employers that short-change workers won’t get off lightly” Thursday 5th August 2021 - 191 businesses are being named for breaking national minimum wage law. Following investigations … Continue reading Minimum wage law breaker Employers ‘named and shamed’
Special edition of the TUC’s Jobs and recovery monitor According to the TUC, The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the reality of insecure work in the UK. Care workers, delivery drivers and shopworkers played a crucial role in keeping society going. Meanwhile, in sectors like hospitality many insecure workers often found themselves without work. This TUC … Continue reading Insecure work
New workers’ watchdog to take over responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing minimum wage, and moreone-stop shop will improve enforcement and ensure employees and businesses know where to go for help on workers’ rightsBusiness Minister Paul Scully: We will take action against big brands that turn a blind eye to abuses A powerful new workers’ … Continue reading Government to protect workers’ rights and clamp down on workplace abuse with powerful new body
The unemployment rate for Black and minority ethnic (BME) workers has risen at three times the speed of the unemployment rate for white workers, according to TUC analysis of new ONS employment figures published Tuesday 18th May 2021. TUC analysis of the ONS figures show BME unemployment rate has increased by 41% to 8.9% over … Continue reading BME unemployment is rising
The UK has one of the best workers’ rights records in the world. Following the 1st May International Workers’ Day 2021, the UK reflects on some of the key steps the Government has taken to support workers since last year. Looking to the future, the government is bringing forward plans to crack down on workplace … Continue reading The key steps Government has taken to support workers
ACAS have remind us that as Career's week begins, it's crucial to be aware of workplace rights as well as job requirements. They have issued some pointers to help make sure that you're being treated fairly. ACAS provide employment advice: ACAS advice PAYadvice.UK 2/3/2021
BEIS have sent reminder that this is final week to respond to the Government consultations on options for reform to non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses in contracts of employment. Both consultations close this Friday, 26th February. Background: The proposed reforms form part of the government’s plans to build back better, ensuring the UK’s recovery from … Continue reading Government consultations on non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses
New polling, published Monday 1st February by the TUC, finds that low earners are more likely than middle and higher earners to have been forced to cut spending and take on debt during the pandemic. The poll findings (conducted by BritainThinks) come as the TUC calls on the Chancellor to improve pandemic support for low- … Continue reading Low paid more likely to be impacted by pandemic claims TUC
The 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers. 139 companies, including major household names, have short-changed their employees and have been finedoffending firms failed to pay £6.7 million to their workers, in a completely unacceptable breach of employment lawBusiness Minister Paul Scully says the list should be a ‘wake-up call’ … Continue reading Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage
Many a payroll professionals worst nightmare has just happened! Christmas payrolls are a strain at the best of times with the practice of early payments, mixed with extended flexible furlough and the operation of tight deadlines under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). With the Prime-ministers announcement of further lockdown measures for swathes of London, … Continue reading Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!
So what should happen for furloughed workers, especially as many would not normally be working across Christmas and New Year? Can they be furloughed during those periods? Must employers top-up to 100% holiday pay? Furloughed workers Where a bank holiday (such as Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year) falls inside a worker’s period of furlough … Continue reading Christmas, holidays and furlough!
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The government have issued the following information which may provide some added clarity: Extending the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS will be extended until 2 December 2020. In March, we announced the Coronavirus Jobs … Continue reading Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. The UK is being provided with additional financial … Continue reading Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. HMRC have published more details and guidance to assist employers in operating and claiming support through the new Job Support Scheme which commences from Sunday 1st November 2020. Check … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2020 the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. There are different calculations for working out ‘usual hours’: Fixed hours For those whose pay does not vary usual hours are calculated based upon the greater of: hours contracted … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Under JSS Open, employers can claim up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month. Further guidance will set out how to work out reference salary for JSS Closed. Employers … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. To be eligible for the grant employers must have written agreements with their employee (or written collective agreement with a trade union) that they have offered a temporary working … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements
In the United Kingdom there are legal minimum entitlements to paid holiday. They are enshrined into UK law under the European Working Time Directive and additional UK entitlements. In addition there may be additional contractual entitlements. Workers and employees are entitled to an annual minimum of 5.6 paid weeks UK Employment or worker contracts that … Continue reading Holiday – what is my entitlement?