Employment law: minimum/living wage, health & safety

From Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Update:

National Minimum Wage rates went up on 1st October. There have also been other recent changes, e.g. around penalties for not paying NMW and guidance for local authorities on taking NMW payment into account in the tendering process for care and support contracts. Details on Sandy’s website.

The new NMW rates are:

  • £6.70 for those aged 21 and over.
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Updated health and safety material for leisure activities

The Health and Safety Executive has updated its guidance and website section for those involved in leisure activities.

For example, a ‘checklist for premises e.g. community halls’ (itself dated March 2011) is linked from the front page at http://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/leisure/index.htm, with a page for amateur sports clubs at http://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/leisure/amateur-sports-club.htm.

An easy ABC guide to health and safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed a range of tools and guidance to help small and medium sized businesses understand health and safety – ‘ABC An easy guide to health and safety’. At first glance, this brings together various existing (but recent) material, although there may be new stuff too, http://www.hse.gov.uk/abc/.

Voluntary organisations of course may need to select only what is appropriate to their working environment.

Time runs out for ancient health and safety law posters

The Health and Safety Executive is reminding employers that old 1999 health and safety law posters must be replaced by 5th April this year. This can be with a newer version of the poster, or by issuing a copy of a pocket card or leaflet, which can be downloaded from HSE’s website.

See FAQs at http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/lawposter.htm or downloads/order from http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter.htm.