National Living Wage

The Government's National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April. Employers should recognise that the new National Living Wage of £7.20 for workers 25 and over is a compulsory rate and ensure they are paying the new rates. 

Failure to pay the correct rate could lead to a penalty charge of up to £20,000 for each member of staff underpaid.

Employers will need to reflect on the potential impact of the introduction of the National Living Wage. It's worth thinking about:

  • How the National Living Wage could level out pay for staff who were previously paid different amounts below the new rate;
  • How these changes may lead staff to question pay structures, and how fair and equitable any new structure will be.

 

New sex discrimination guide

Did you know that sex discrimination is one of the most common types of discrimination at work and ACAS receives over 7000 calls a year on the subject?

This month they launched new free guidance, Sex Discrimination: key points for the workplace to help prevent sex discrimination at work and to provide guidance on how to handle complaints if they arise.

This is the first comprehensive guide ACAS has produced in this area aimed at employers, managers, HR personnel, Trade Union reps and job applicants.

Their guidance also includes the most common myths about sex discrimination at work, an employer obligations factsheet and a video on discrimination and protected characteristics at work. 


New employing younger workers guide

Getting the next generation of workers into the workplace, trained and prepared for the full demands of the job is important for many organisations. To help, ACAS has published new free guidance on employing younger workers which is aimed at anyone who is managing or supporting a younger worker.

 

New workplace representation e-learning
ACAS recently launched a new free e-learning package to help employers find out when they are legally required to consult with workplace representatives, both union and non-union, and the benefits of working with reps.

 

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