The increase in wages are as follows:
This is the largest increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2007, and it is anticipated that more than 1.4 million of Britain’s lowest-paid workers are set to benefit.
From Thursday 1 October 2015, the exemption of turban-wearing Sikhs from the requirement to wear safety helmets on construction sites has been extended to all workplaces as per the Deregulation Act 2015.
Employers will still have to assess the risk to workers and make available any protective equipment which is considered necessary following any risk assessment. The decision not to wear appropriate head protection in accordance with the exemption will be for the turban-wearing Sikh individual. If they choose not to wear a safety helmet the employer’s liability for any injury, loss or damage will be limited.
If the employer attempts to impose a requirement on a turban-wearing Sikh to wear a safety helmet at a workplace this will amount to discrimination against the Sikh individual under the Equality Act 2010.
From October 2015, large organisations with a turnover of £36 million or more will be required to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement each year, setting out the action they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free. The organisation will need to conduct audits on all of its supply chains, along with all parts of its business to confirm in a statement slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in it’s supply chain. The statement cannot be hidden and must be published on the organisation’s website, including on its home page. There will be a penalty for non-compliance and commercial organisations that do not comply with this requirement will be subject to civil proceedings to compel them to comply.
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