As of Monday next week (October 1st 2012), a raft of new and amended employment legislation will come into force.
Perhaps the biggest employment law change is the introduction of auto-enrolment, which will require employers to auto-enrol eligible jobholders not already participating in a workplace pension scheme into a qualifying pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust.
The duty to auto-enrol is implemented in stages: the employer’s staging date is dependent on its PAYE scheme size and reference. Employers may postpone enrolment for three months, although employees will be able to opt in during the postponement period.
A further change to employment law which will come into force from the beginning of October, is the increase in minimum wage.
From October 1st 2012, the minimum wage will increase from £6.08 to £6.19 per hour for adults, while the youth rate and the rate for workers aged 16 to 17 will stay the same, although the rate for apprentices increases from £2.60 to £2.65 per hour.
In addition to the auto-enrolment and minimum wage changes, the Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) Amendment Order 2010 will add a disclosure relating to the Pensions Regulator’s objective of maximising compliance with the duties under part 1, chapter 1 of the Pensions Act 2008, to the list of qualifying disclosures a worker has the right to make, without suffering a detriment.
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