The use of large up-front fees and disproportionate deposits has already resulted in significant cost consequences for one care provider.
When does it apply from?
The calculation date for the applicable rate of pay for each pay reference period is the first day in the pay reference period. This means that the National Living Wage (NLW) will take effect from the first pay reference period that begins on or after 1 April 2016. A pay reference period is a month or shorter if you pay your workers by reference to a period that is shorter than a month (for example weekly). For some workers therefore the implementation of the NLW can be slightly delayed.
As you will be aware, the usual increases to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) take place on 1 October each year but it was indicated in the budget that from April 2017 the increases will be aligned so all increases will take place from 1 April each year. However there will still be an increase to the NMW (as opposed to the NLW) in October 2016 to £6.95 for those aged 21 or over.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has also issued new guidance on calculating the NMW. Sadly, this guidance contains nothing new on the fraught issue of whether all time spent carrying out a sleep-in shift should count for the purposes of calculating whether the national minimum (or living) wage has been paid.
Funding the increase
We have been helping Employers prepare for the introduction of the NLW in a number of ways including:
- Implementing cost saving measures;
- Reviewing pay structures and benefits; and
- Re-negotiating contract prices with commissioners.
The government announced on 16 May that it will provide a fund of £400m to cover the costs of removal and replacement of cladding to high rise residential blocks which have failed tests.
Whilst some people are under the impression that preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is simply a case of completing a form and ticking a few boxes, it is about far more than this.
A big fear for some people facing divorce and the inevitable carving up of the matrimonial assets. They seek assurances that such assets will be “ring-fenced” and retained for them.
Thinking about the legal status of being a cohabitant probably isn’t at the top of the ‘to do’ list.
When an individual is thinking about making a gift to another individual, consideration needs to be given to the Potentially Exempt Transfer (PET) trap.
We are now only a few weeks away from the biggest change to data protection laws in over 20 years. Are you compliant?
The tragedy, in this case, is that there were options readily available to the midwives that they could have used. This was not a case of having to go above and beyond.
Arising from the recent Family Division announcement, people who think they are legally divorced may in fact still be married.
The SCCS has issued providers in the scheme a series of updated and new documents in order to assist with their National Minimum Wage review.
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