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Employers: Legal Basics

Information at: 1st August 2017

National Living/Minimum Wage: at 1st August 2017

From August 2017, the national living wage will apply for all workers aged 25 and older. The minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 24 and under.

Holiday Entitlement & Holiday Pay

There is a minimum right to paid holiday.  An employer may offer more than this but in any event, the main things to consider are: 

Bank and Statutory Holidays in England and Wales total 8 in number and they are:  

Northern Ireland - there are currently 10 permanent bank holidays - the same 8 as in England and Wales, plus St Patrick's Day and the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

Scotland - some dates are also different. There are statutory bank holidays across the whole of Scotland, but other public or local holidays are determined by local authorities, based on local tradition. Since 2007, St Andrew's Day has been an alternative, voluntary public holiday, which can replace an existing local holiday.
Businesses and schools are not necessarily closed on Scottish bank holidays and the Scottish banks follow the English and Welsh bank holidays for business reasons.

Maternity/Adoption Pay at 1st August 2017 

Qualifying conditions: related to earnings level, length of service, time limits on notification, medical evidence of pregnancy or documentary evidence of matching for adoption. 

Shared Parental Leave at 1st August 2017

Eligible parents can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of Statutory Shared Parental Pay (£140.98 per week) between them.

Paternity Pay at 1st August 2017 

Qualifying conditions: employee must have been employed by the company for at least 26 weeks up to the end of the qualifying week; employee must continue to work for the company right up until the baby is born.  Slightly different rules apply in relation to adoption. 

Flexible Working

From 30 June 2014, all employees have the legal right to request flexible working - not just parents and carers.  This is known as "making a statutory application".  Employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks to be eligible.

The statutory procedure for flexible working has been replaced with non-statutory guidance, produced by Acas, giving practical examples to help businesses manage the new extended right.

Statutory Sick Pay at 1st August 2017 

Tribunal Compensation Limits at 1st August 2017 

Employment Tribunal Claims

Early conciliation through ACAS was introduced on 6 April 2014.  Claimants must now send details of their dispute to ACAS who will attempt conciliation and settlement before the claimant can initiate an employment tribunal claim.

Pension auto-enrolment figures

Dependant on "staging dates" UK employers must enrol"'eligible jobholders" onto an automatic enrolment scheme if they meet the "earning trigger" of £10,000 (at 6th April 2015). Applicable staging dates can be found at www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk.

Pensions contributions are calculated on "qualifiying earnings" between £5,824 - £42, 385 (at April 6th 2015).