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2015 | New employment laws starting in October

This is our archived article explaining the two key employment laws that came into force in October 2015.

The Deregulation Act 2015 will introduce the following key change:

Right of Sikhs to wear a turban

The right of Sikhs to wear a turban in place of a safety helmet is being expanded to almost all occupations in Great Britain.

There are a few exceptions such as in the armed forces and emergency services.

New National Minimum Wage Rates

From 1 October 2015 the following new rates take effect:

  • Standard adult rate (for workers aged 21 or over) £6.70 up from £6.50.
  • Development rate (for workers aged between 18 and 20) £5.30 up from £5.13.
  • Young workers rate (for workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age) £3.87 up from £3.79.
  • Apprenticeship rate (for apprentices under 19 of age or those aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship) £5.35 up from £5.08.

From April 2016 the new rate for workers aged 25 and over called the National Living Wage will be introduced. Full details will be provided in due course.

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