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Employment Law Changes - October 2011


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21 October 2011

Employment law will face many changes this month. Some of these changes may benefit employers and some may benefit employees, although it is important for both to keep up to date with the law. the changes are as follows:

Retirement Age

As of 1 October 2011, the national default retirement age no longer applies. Before employers were able to force employees aged 65 to retire without the threat of having to pay compensation. Now, if an employee is dismissed due to their age they may have a claim for direct discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

Agency Workers Regulation

Changes also came into force on 1 October for agency workers under the Agency Workers Regulation 2010. The change gives agency workers the same protection as employees under a contract of employment after a 12 week qualifying period.

National Minimum Wage

1 October 2011 also saw changes in the national minmum wage. The following changes were implemented:

- The minimum rate for workers aged over 21 is 6.08 per hour

- The minimum rate for orkers aged 8-20 is 4.98 per hour

- The minimum rate for workers aged 16-18 is 3.68 per hour

- The apprenticeship rate for apprentices aged 19 for the first year is 2.60 per hour

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