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Employment law changes from 1 October 2013

Posted on 26th September 2013
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This article outlines the small number of employment law changes that come into effect next week on 1st October 2013.

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Annual National Minimum Wage increases

The annual increases to the National Minimum Wage rates take effect from 1 October 2013.  The minimum hourly rates increase as follows:

  • standard rate (ages 21 and over) to£6.31
  • development rate (ages 18 – 20) to £5.03
  • young workers rate (compulsory school age to 18) to £3.72
  • apprentices to £2.68
The daily rate for the accommodation offset also increases to £4.91.

Third-party harassment provisions repealed

The provisions introduced by the Equality Act 2010 making employers liable for harassment of staff by a third party are repealed with effect from 1 October 2013.  We are sure that this is a welcome change but you people managers must remember that harassment by third parties may still give rise to issues.  For example, staff may raise a grievance about harassment by a third party or, in extreme cases, resign and bring a claim for constructive unfair dismissal.
Prudent people managers will need to continue to review, prevent and confront the risks.

Reporting of Injuries regulations and first-aid requirements amended

Changes are being made to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (‘RIDDOR’).  The intention is to simplify reporting arrangements.  Some of the changes include a shorter list of reportable ‘specified injuries’, a reduction in the types of ‘dangerous occurrence’ that need to be reported and changes to the reporting requirements for fatal accidents and accidents to non-workers (members of the public). 

Additionally, the Health and Safety Executive no longer has the power to approve first-aid training and qualifications.

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