Equal Pay Audits
From 1st October employment tribunals will have the power to order certain employers to conduct equal pay audits where they are found to be in breach of equal pay provisions.There are some exemptions – for example if the employer has been audited in the past three previous years, if the business is under 12 months old or if the business has fewer than 10 employees.Audits will have to include relevant gender information, differences in pay and reasons for it, reasons for the breach and policies to avoid this reoccurring.
National Minimum Wages – New Rates
£6.50 for workers 21 and over£5.13 for workers 18-20 yrs£3.79 for 16-17 yrs olds£2.73 for apprentices under 19 or 19 and over who are in the first year of apprenticeship
Right to time off for ante-natal appointments
Under the new shared parental leave it is proposed to allow the husband, civil partner or partner of the pregnant women the right to unpaid time off to attend up to 2 ante-natal appointments