This Week's News 06.04.18

GDPR – what you need to know


National minimum wage

The national living wage for workers aged 25 and over increased to £7.83 per hour on 1 April 2018. Other national minimum wage rates also increase, with rates rising to £7.38 per hour for workers aged 21 to 24, to £5.90 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and to £4.20 for workers under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age. Visit https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Increase statutory family-related pay and statutory sick pay

The weekly rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increased to £145.18 for pay weeks commencing on or after 1 April 2018. The weekly rate of statutory sick pay increases to £92.05 from 6 April 2018.

Statutory redundancy pay calculations

New limits on employment statutory redundancy pay come into force on 6 April 2018. Employers that dismiss employees for redundancy must pay those with two years’ service an amount based on the employee's weekly pay, length of service and age. The weekly pay is subject to a maximum amount. This amount is £508 from 6 April 2018.

Increase to auto-enrolment contributions

The new tax year will bring a step change in the amounts being saved into your auto-enrolment pension. The combined minimum contributions being paid by employers and employees is set to rise from 2 per cent to 5 per cent of monthly earnings. For more information visit Pensions Regulator.

Child employment

There are several restrictions on when and where children are allowed to work.

Children are not allowed to work:

  • without an employment permit issued by the education department of the local council, if this is required by local bylaws
  • in places like a factory or industrial site
  • during school hours
  • before 7am or after 7pm
  • for more than one hour before school (unless local bylaws allow it)
  • for more than 4 hours without taking a break of at least 1 hour
  • in most jobs in pubs and betting shops and those prohibited in local bylaws
  • in any work that may be harmful to their health, well-being or education
  • without having a 2-week break from any work during the school holidays in each calendar year

There are also special rules which only apply during term times and school holiday times.

Term time rules

During term time children can only work a maximum of 12 hours a week. This includes:

  • a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays
  • a maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays for 13 to 14-year-olds, or 8 hours for 15 to 16-year-olds

School holiday rules

During school holidays 13 to 14-year-olds are only allowed to work a maximum of 25 hours a week. This includes:

  • a maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

During school holidays 15 to 16-year-olds can only work a maximum of 35 hours a week. This includes:

  • a maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

Local rules on the types of work children can do

Local bylaws list the jobs that children can't do. If a job is on this list, a child under the minimum school leaving age can’t do this work. Local bylaws may also have other restrictions on working hours, conditions of work and the type of employment. Contact your local council's education department or education welfare service for more information.

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