No employer – whatever their size will be able to escape the impact of the changes in law surrounding pay and working time.
The past few months have seen new laws and cases putting increased pressure on businesses employing staff. With changes to how ‘working time’ is interpreted and the introduction of the new National Living Wage along with greater penalties for employers who pay below the legal minimum, it is more important than ever to stay on the right side of the law.
To help and support our clients, White Horse Employment will be offering a FREE* briefing to discuss the thorny issue of pay and working time and provide you with an invaluable opportunity to have your questions answered by an expert with a wealth of employment law experience. This informative briefing will give you up-to-date knowledge and tools to successfully identify and meet your obligations.
We will cover:
- the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage
- what is meant by ‘working time’, including considering ‘on call’ and travel time
- the relationship between working time and pay
- holiday pay and the relationship with commission and overtime
- equal pay
- gender pay gap reporting and
- how to deal with an employee owing your business money
Thursday 19th May 2016 , 9.30am to 11.30am Registration: 9.00am, Cumberwell Park, Bradford-on-Avon
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Budget 2016: What does it mean for employers?
The key announcements this month for employers were that from April 2017, the tax threshold will rise to £11,500 – this is on target to reach the £12,500 threshold promised in the Conservative manifesto before the party came to power.
It was also announced that the threshold for employees paying the 40% tax rate will be increased to £45,000, and self-employed people will no longer have to pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions from 2018. In addition from 2018, termination payments over £30,000 will be subject to employer national insurance contributions – anything under £30,000 is currently given tax-free.
To read more information on what the Budget announcements mean for employers; visit the Personnel Today website by clicking here.
Don’t let these changes pass you by…
National Living Wage introduced – 1st April
Workers aged 25 and over will be entitled to the national living wage rate of £7.20 per hour from the first pay reference period beginning on or after 1st April 2016. The national living wage is a new top rate of the national minimum wage. Employers should check, in particular, that employees’ pay is not brought below the new rate by salary-sacrifice arrangements.
For more information surrounding the current rates of National Minimum Wage, a handy NMW Calculator and details of the National Living Wage via the ACAS website, click here.
Penalties for non-payment of the National Minimum Wage are increased – 1st April
The penalty for employers found not paying the national minimum wage doubles from 1st April 2016. The enforcement regime is the same for non-payment of the national living wage. It has also been announced that national minimum wage increase will come into effect from October 2016. Workers aged between 18 and 20 will see their pay rates rise by 4.7% to £5.55 per hour. The minimum wage for 16- to 17-year-olds increases to £4.00 per hour, a hike of 3.4%, while the apprentice rate increases 3% to £3.40.