2015 Employment Law Update

05 Aug

Young people and education

26 June 2015 - All young people in England will need to participate in education or training until the age of 18.

Managing sickness absence

Roll out during 2015 - A health and work assessment and advisory service is to be introduced, offering free occupational health assistance for employees, employers and GPs. The service can provide an occupational health assessment after four weeks of sickness absence. Further information is available: www.gov.uk/government/publications/fit-for-work-guidance-for-employers.

Holiday pay arrears

1 July 2015 - New regulations come into force to prevent claims of arrears of holiday pay going back more than 2 years.

National Minimum Wage rate increase

1 October 2015


21 and over - £6.70 per hour

18-20 - £5.30

16-17 - £3.87

Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of the apprenticeship - £3.30 per hour.

The National Living Wage

April 2016 - A compulsory National Living Wage is due to be introduced in for all working people aged 25 and over, and will be set at £7.20 per hour.

Tax-free childcare scheme

April 2016 - Families where both parents work and each earns less that £150,000 per year will be eligible to receive 20% of their yearly childcare costs of up to £2,000 for each child or £4,000 if the child is disabled.