In October 2012 there will be a number of major changes to employment law affecting businesses.
From 1st October the National Minimum Wage will increase from £6.08 to £6.19 per hour for adults. The rates for those aged 18-20 and 16-17 are remaining the same. The apprentice rate increases from £2.60 to £2.65 per hour, and the accommodation offset increases from £4.73 to £4.82 per day.
There will also be new rules on Pensions from 1 October 2012. The new duty to auto-enrol eligible staff not already participating in a workplace pension scheme, into a qualifying scheme, is to be implemented in stages. The employers staging date depends on its PAYE scheme size. The first staging date is 1 October 2012, which applies to employers with 120,000 or more employees. Employers may postpone enrolment for three months, although employees will be able to opt in during this period.
The 5th October is the last day of work for any employee covered by the old default retirement age provisions, which were repealed on 6 April 2011. Under the rules, anyone covered had to be given 12 months’ notice and could apply for an additional six months’ work beyond their final retirement date. The last of these employees will finish their employment next week.
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