There are some big changes to employment law coming in in 2019 and it could have an impact on your wages. This year has been a landmark for employment with gender pay gap reporting and widespread claims of workplace sexual harassment dominating the headlines. And it looks like 2019 will be just as busy with a number of law changes on their way. Increases in minimum wages, changes to pension schemes and changes due to Brexit will all have an impact on employers and employees. HR expert Alan Price from Peninsula Business Services explained the changes to employment law you need to be aware of.Increase in NMW rates Having been announced as part of the 2018 Budget, both the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase in April 2019.Under the new NLW, the minimum hourly rate that workers aged 25 and over are entitled to will increase from £7.83 to £8.21.At the same time, the NMW rate for workers aged between 21-24 will … [Read more...] about The crucial changes to employment law in 2019 that could affect how much you earn
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A survey has revealed that people are not being paid overtime nearly equivalent to three months pay. A OnePoll survey commissioned by TotallyMoney shows that 59 per cent of overtime workers do not get compensated for the extra hours they put in — the equivalent of not being paid from October 16 to December 31 .A TotallyMoney spokesman said: “The survey asked 2,000 workers about the hours they put in and found that unpaid overtime isn’t an occasional effort, but a regular part of working life.“The research calls into question whether businesses treat employees fairly enough and whether more should be done to compensate them — especially with Christmas fast approaching, where many could do with the money they’ve rightfully earned.“Employees in the UK on average put in 10.1 hours overtime per week, totalling 469 hours of unpaid work per year for 59 per cent of overtime workers.”See also: Sussex gardeners warned to watch out for these rogue … [Read more...] about How much unpaid overtime are you clocking up?
THE death of partner or spouse can send family life spiralling into turmoil – but there are government benefits available to help financially. We take a closer look at bereavement allowances and what your rights are. What is bereavement allowance? Bereavement allowance is designed as a weekly benefit for widows, widowers and surviving civil partners. For those who passed away before April 6, 2017, the benefit was known as bereavement allowance but it is now known as Bereavement Support Payment. The benefit applies to nationals of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is not means tested. It is, however, only available to the over 45s and those below the state pension age. This is a taxable benefit, and is only issued if the late partner or spouse paid National Insurance contributions, or died as a result of industrial accident or disease. This particular benefit is not paid out if you have children – instead, you can claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance. It is … [Read more...] about What is bereavement allowance, how much leave you do you get and what are the rules on flights and fares?
AROUND 1million workers will get a pay hike as the Government today announces new public-sector salary rates. Ministers have lifted the 1 per cent cap on pay increases, meaning most employees are getting an above-inflation boost. Some workers will see a pay rise of as much as 3.5 per cent after years of squeezed salaries in the public sector. The Treasury said that the increases - first revealed by The Sun last night - would come from within existing budgets rather than imposing tax hikes or more borrowing. But Labour's Peter Dowd said: “The Government’s offer fails to compensate workers for the huge losses in income they have faced under the Tories’ brutal pay restraint policy. “The lack of new funding for departments also means pay rises will have to come at the cost of other services, pitting hard-working public servants against those they are working with.” With inflation currently standing at 2.3 per cent, some public-sector workers will still see … [Read more...] about Pay rise for 1million workers as Government announces public-sector salary hike – find out how much you could get
She was known early on as “the new Alan Johnson” but after a year in the job, Emma Hardy MP is forging a path of her own, writes parliamentary correspondent Patrick Daly . On June 8 last year, the life of one Hessle family changed forever when the name “Emma Hardy” was read out at the Guildhall’s general election count. It marked the start of the mother-of-two’s tenure as MP for Hull West and Hessle, with the Labour candidate soaring home with an 8,000 majority. Ms Hardy had formerly kept family-friendly work hours, having been a teacher at Willerby Carr Lane Primary School before switching to become a rep at the National Union of Teachers. But exactly a year ago today, the 37-year-old found herself with a new job in Westminster as part of an exclusive band of 257 Labour Party MPs. She is only the second woman to have represented Hull as an MP. 'I miss my daughters when I'm away' The Labour National Policy Forum member admits family life has had to … [Read more...] about Emma Hardy on how she juggles being an MP and mum-of-two