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March 2016

Employers…..are you ready for new legislation changes??

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If you’re working and aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship, you’ll be legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour as from tomorrow 1st April 2016!!

The Government is committed to increasing this every year.

If you’re an employer, you’ll need to make sure you’re paying your staff correctly from this date, as the National Living Wage will be enforced as strongly as the current National Minimum Wage.

For queries on this very topic. Contact Elcons on 01422 822842

Managing Absenteeism

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Absence levels rose in 2015, costing the UK economy over £14 billion or £554 per employee.

High absence levels can damage the productivity of an organisation, affecting the quality of work output, staff morale and, ultimately, the bottom line. So reducing absence levels is at the top of the agenda for many HR teams.

If you want to know the best methods and HR Tools to reduce absence, throughout April only, Elcons are offering employers an opportunity to attend one complimentary training course “Managing Absenteeism” . Guaranteed to lower absence across your business! Please e-mail rachelh@elcons.co.uk for further details.

We look forward to hearing from you!

‘Pulling a sickie’

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With great aplomb, in Metroline West v Ajaj, the EAT has held that ‘pulling a sickie’ is dishonest and a fundamental breach of contract.

Mr Ajaj was a bus driver. He wrongly claimed to be more sick than he was, and surveillance evidence proved him to be exaggerating. The employment tribunal held that fairness of dismissal should be assessed based on traditional ‘capability’ considerations, ie when could the employee reasonably be expected to return to work based on his real (rather than exaggerated) symptoms.

The EAT disagreed. It held (at para 54) that an employee who ‘pulls a sickie’ is dishonest and in fundamental breach of contract. The principal reason for dismissal of a malingering employee is conduct, not capability, and the procedures to be followed are the traditional British Home Stores v Burchell ones.

Increases In The Minimum Wage

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The government has announced increases in the minimum wage paid to under-25s, which will see workers aged between 21 and 24 picking up an extra 25p per hour.
In a move that will be formally unveiled in Wednesday’s budget, the rate for the 21-24 age bracket will rise to £6.95 per hour. Those aged 18 to 20 will see the minimum wage grow by 4.7 per cent to £5.55 an hour (currently £5.30) and for 16-17 year olds it will reach £4 an hour, up from £3.87 today.
The measures will take effect from October 2016.

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2016

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BIS has made The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2016, containing the annual increases in compensation payments, before Parliament. It applies to dismissals (or detriments, etc) occurring on or after 6 April 2016.

The main changes (and they’re not going to break the bank) are:-
· a week’s pay – £479 (currently £475)maximum compensatory award – £78,962 (currently £78,335)

New National Living Wage

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The National Living Wage will be introduced on 1 April.

Employers need to prepare for the changes and ensure they are paying the new rates. Employees will also expect to know how their pay is changing.

If you’re working and aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship, you’ll be legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour. That’s an extra fifty pence per hour in your pocket. The Government is committed to increasing this every year.

If you’re an employer, you’ll need to make sure you’re paying your staff correctly from 1st April 2016, as the National Living Wage will be enforced as strongly as the current National Minimum Wage.

Don’t forget that failure to pay the correct rate could lead to a penalty charge of up to £20,000 for each member of staff underpaid.

For more information please call Elcons now on 01422 822842

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