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3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (25 April 2019)

National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

Rates increase this month. Make sure you’re up-to-date. The new rates from 1st April 2019 are: 

  • £8.21 per hour for ages 25 and over
  • £7.70 per hour for ages 21 to 24
  • £6.15 per hour for ages 18 to 20
  • £4.35 per hour for school leaving age to 17
  • £3.90 per hour for apprentices

Payslips

This month there are important changes to the Employment Rights Act 1996 affecting payslip information:

  • Employers must include the total number of hours worked where the pay varies according to the hours worked, for example under variable hours or zero hour contracts.
  • Payslips must be given to ‘workers’ and not just employees.

New ACAS Neurodiversity Guidance

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about. However, learning more about neurodiversity and taking steps to better support it in workplaces can be hugely beneficial for employers and employees.

It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people (more than 15% of people in the UK) are neurodivergent meaning that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently. Neurodivergence includes Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

The new guidance released by ACAS looks at the impact neurodiversity can have on workplace relations and seeks to identify policies and practices which help neurodivergent people find work and flourish.


Emma Roberts
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Emma is a trainee solicitor at SCE Solicitors. Emma commenced her training contract in September 2018 and is currently working in the employment law department assisting director Samira Cakali. Emma also assists in the running of the firm’s myHR service where she can support you in the day-to-day management of your staff.

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