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Wiltshire Employers – Are you in the know?

With Employment Law changes being reported to cost businesses £23 billion… It is essential that you are in the know.


According to the British Chambers of Commerce employers will face a bill of £23.87 billion due to the raft of changes coming into force over the next four years.


So what are the lastest changes that you, as a Wiltshire Employer, do you need to know about?


Vetting & Barring Scheme & CRB Criminal record checks to be scaled down


Following a comprehensive review of the existing vetting and barring scheme (VBS) and criminal records checking procedures surrounding people working with children and vulnerable adults, it has been announced that only those working closely and regularly will need to be checked.


These proposals will see a significant change in the current system with over nine million people no longer needing to go through these checks, seeing checks being made portable between jobs, the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority and measures to stop employers requesting criminal records checks on individuals who do not require them.


The Coalition will also keep the scope of CRB checks under review to ensure that they are not putting people off volunteering.


Read more on the Government’s announcement on the Home Office website.


New Pension Auto-Enrol Scheme


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that every UK Company will have to offer a pension scheme from 2010 regardless of their size.


Although the new Pension Auto-Enrolment Scheme legislation is due to come into force on 1st October 2012, an employer’s duty to provide the scheme will be introduced over a four year period based on the size of the employer and those employers not offering their own scheme will be compelled to use the new National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).


Read more information on this legislation on the Pension Advisory Service website.


Draft Guidance Published By Government relating to disability


The draft guidance discusses matters that are to be taken into account when determining questions relating to the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. This is expected to come into force on 1st May 2011.


Read more about the draft guidance via the Office for Disability Issues website.


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