Happy New Year & GDPR!-Cherington HR

Welcome back. I hope you had a good break over Christmas and that you’re looking forward to 2018.

There will be some changes coming this year with regards to the way in which you employ your staff, the biggest of which will be the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The new requirements come into effect on 25th May this year and so you will need to be in a position to comply with them on that date. There is no transition period and there are no exemptions for small employers, so it is important that you take note of the requirements as they apply to your business. See Read More for a general summary of the GDPR changes. I will be advising clients individually on actions they need to take with regards to their HR practices over the next few months, but if you have any specific questions please get in touch.

In this edition of the newsletter you will find updates on other items that may be of interest relating to general employment law issues.

If you have any queries about any of these items or would like to discuss a people management problem you are struggling with at the moment please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy New Year!

Have you budgeted for the forthcoming pension contribution increase?

And do your staff know that they will be paying more from April? Hopefully you are aware that the increase in rates in auto-enrolment schemes will happen very shortly. But a survey from Now: Pensions suggests that 62 per cent of auto-enrolled employees are unaware of the upcoming increases. As a result they will find that their take-home pay is lower than they are used to and if you have not reminded them about the changes that might come as a shock to them. Read more

Employers Beware – Greater risk of tribunal claims

Statistics on employment tribunal claims in England and Wales have recently been published. These show a staggering 66% increase in claims for the first quarter after the abolition of tribunal fees in July 2017. It has led lawyers to warn that the false sense of security that may have been present when the fees regime was in place, has meant that some employers may have adopted poor management practices. Read more

A uniform approach to the National Minimum Wage?

The recent announcement from HMRC shows that more than 260 employers in the UK have been named and shamed for underpaying employees in respect of national minimum wage and national living wage entitlements.

A record 16,000 workers will be reimbursed £1.7m after being underpaid. The most common reasons for underpaying were reported to be: employers who had deducted money from pay for uniforms; not paid them for overtime; and/or failed to pay workers travelling between jobs. Read more

New Minimum Wage Rate increases for 2018

The Government has announced the increases in the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage rates to take effect from April 2018. Read more

Keeping up to date

I’ll be posting news on relevant employment matters as they occur here.
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