This Week's News 23.02.18

Largest rise in National Minimum Wage rates for young people in a decade

National Minimum Wage and Living Wage calculator for workers - https://www.gov.uk/am-i-getting-minimum-wage/y.

  Current rate From April 2018 Increase
NLW £7.50 £7.83 4.4%
21-24 rate £7.05 £7.38 4.7%
18-20 rate £5.60 £5.90 5.4%
16-17 rate £4.05 £4.20 3.7%
Apprentice rate £3.50 £3.70 5.7%

NHF webinar - GDPR - changes to data protection regulations - Tuesday 6 March at 9:30

While the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) may not be the most exciting thing you'll be doing this year, this legislation changes come into force on 25 May 2018 and affects all UK businesses. The webinar will help you think about what information you hold, who you share it with and why, with practical tips on what you need to do next, so you're prepared for how the changes will affect you and your salon. The presenters are Rachel Lamsley Training & Development Manager and Senior Employment Law Adviser from Ellis Whittam.

NHF Members £20, Non-members £30 - click here to book

Denman announces Paul Stafford as their new global creative director

As global creative director, Paul will also lead the much anticipated global ambassador programme, The Denman Global Collective, which features established and emerging stylists from across the globe. On his appointment Paul said, "I treasure the support Denman has given me over the years so am delighted to officially represent the company at an international level,' said Paul, who, in recent years was asked by Denman to perform at the visionary Alternative Hair Show at London's Albert Hall. "TDenman has always been at the heart of the industry, providing the best tools a stylist could wish for at every level of the craft. It's fantastic to be part of a brand that prioritises excellence and innovation to the benefit of our industry."T

Small adjustments can help reduce absence and create a more productive workforce

Given that one in six of us will experience a mental health condition*, it's crucial that as an employer you are playing your part in supporting job retention and return to work for people with mental health conditions. An employer who is willing to be creative and make adjustments to the workplace, can have a greater impact in keeping employees at work or getting absent employees back to work. Simple and cost-effective workplace adjustments, can make a big difference. To put the right adjustments in place it's key to understand the needs of the individual and the different types of support that can be put in place. This may be introducing a mentor/buddy or making changes to the work environment and working practices.  There is more to it than simply adhering to regulations, such as your duty as an employer to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people, as outlined in the Equality Act (2010). Think about how such actions could help create an inclusive climate, lower sickness absence, improve productivity, and reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs. Making small adjustments, is less expensive than the costs to recruit and train a new employee. The average cost of adjustments is just £75**, but most adjustments cost nothing.

Times tables check trialled ahead of rollout... 6 x 8 = 48, 7 x 8 = 56, 8 x 8 = 64

Thousands of eight and nine-year-olds in England's primary schools will take a new times tables check this spring. Some 7,250 pupils in 290 primaries, are expected to take part in the trials of the new multiplication check. The five-minute test, taken by children in Year 4, will then be fully rolled out over the next two years. Ministers say the test will identify those struggling but teaching unions have raised concerns about its benefits. Supporters have argued that it will help to ensure all children know their tables up to 12 off by heart, but opponents say primary school children are already heavily tested. Schools can take part in the multiplication check voluntarily in June 2019 and it will be compulsory from 2020. School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: "Just as the phonics screening check helps children who are learning to read, the multiplication tables check will help teachers identify those pupils who require extra support. "This will ensure that all pupils leave primary school knowing their times tables off by heart and able to start secondary school with a secure grasp of the fundamental mathematics they need to fulfil their potential."

Government launches shared parental leave campaign after just 2% take-up

The Government has launched a campaign to promote shared parental leave after pitiful take-up of the policy. According to figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, of around 285,000 couples who are eligible for the right, introduced in 2015, potentially only 2% have used it. The campaign, backed by a £1.5 million investment, encourages couples to 'Share the joy' of parenting. The Government will use digital advertising and social media as well as adverts in train stations and on commuter routes. It has also launched a new website to provide further information and guidance.

Letter explaining to employees the right to shared parental leave
Letter explaining to managers the right to shared parental leave

Team ITS warmly welcomes these learners who started their Apprenticeships this week

Chelsea Winter - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Academy, Esher
Rhianna Beckingham - Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship - Macco, West Byfleet

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