This Week's News 03.03.17

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 6th to 10th March – the perfect time to attract this summer's school leavers!

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is coming up and this is the perfect time to get potential school leavers interested in doing a hairdressing apprenticeship with YOU. Colleges are holding open evenings so why not do the same? Take a look at the online toolkit for ideas and suggestions. We'd love to share your NAW news and activities on our Facebook page whether that be drop in careers advice sessions at your salon, special window displays, visits to schools to talk about apprenticeships and anything else you can think of! If you already have an apprentice, ask them to help you. They are best placed to talk about what it's like to be an apprentice, do a short demo of their skills so far, and you could both do a Q&A session. Give your young visitors a feel for your salon and what it would be like for them to learn and work in your salon – and we're sure that a ‘goody bag' for them to take away would go down a treat! Invite your target audience using Facebook, Twitter, your website and shop window – or you could hand out leaflets near to where you know these young people hang out and ask your local school to display a poster.

The new 12-sided £1 coin

The new 12-sided £1 coin is being introduced into circulation on 28th March 2017. Businesses across the UK who handle cash are advised to prepare for the introduction. The legal tender status of the round £1 coin will be withdrawn on 15th October 2017. From this date, the round coins will no longer be accepted but they can still be taken to a bank.

Webinar: leave and absence - managing attendance fairly

What happens when employees take holiday, fall sick, or have other reasons that affect their attendance? VIEW ON DEMAND - click here to register and view

April 2017 - legislation changes that affect business

New national minimum rates of pay
£7.50 per hour - 25 years and over
£7.05 per hour - 21-24 years
£5.60 per hour - 18-20 years
£4.05 per hour - 16-17 years
£3.50 for apprentices under 19 or who are 19 or over in the first year of an apprenticeship

Example 1

Serena leaves school in June 2017 and starts on a three-month trial at a salon in July with the intention of starting an apprenticeship in October. Provided Serena is employed under an apprenticeship agreement rather than a contract of employment she can be paid the apprenticeship wage from the start. If she is employed under a contract of employment in July she must be paid the national minimum wage for her age (which is higher than the apprenticeship rate) and must have a new apprenticeship agreement when she starts her apprenticeship.

Example 2

Jaime completes his intermediate apprenticeship when he is 19 and progresses to an advanced apprenticeship. His employer is entitled to pay him the apprenticeship wage for the first 12 months because it is counted as a completely separate apprenticeship.

New rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay comes into force

The Proposed benefit and pension rates 2017 to 2018 proposes that the rate of statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay, statutory adoption pay and statutory shared parental pay increases from £139.58 per week to £140.98 per week.

Apprenticeship levy on large employers

An apprenticeship levy will be imposed on all large employers in all industry sectors, both public and private, for raising money to meet the cost of apprenticeship training.

Lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions increases

The lower earnings limit for primary Class 1 national insurance contributions increases for 2017/18 to £113 per week.

Statutory sick pay rate of £89.35 per week comes into force

The weekly rate of statutory sick pay rises to £89.35 for 2017/18.

Bereavement and compassionate leave: what's the right thing to do?

According to Acas, (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) the Employment Rights Act 1996 gives employees a right from day one to have "reasonable" time off to deal with an emergency, which could include a bereavement involving a dependant. Perhaps surprisingly, smaller companies (those with fewer than 250 employees) are more likely to pay employees during time off to deal with personal circumstances. The average number of days granted for compassionate leave is five. Most employers have a formal policy on compassionate leave and most employers either strongly agreed or agreed with the assertion that "Enabling employees to balance their work and home commitments increases employee motivation in the long term". Only just over 3% of employers believed this not to be the case.

Compassionate leave resources

Team ITS warmly welcomes this learner who started her Apprenticeship this week

Julie Williams – Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship – Academy, Cobham

Congratulations from Team ITS to the following learner who completed her Apprenticeship this week

Mollie Dunleavy – Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship – Velvet Rooms for Hair, Chobham


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