ELiAction News: January 2019
Welcome to this month’s edition of the Employment Law in Action newsletter
Happy New Year from the ELiAction Team!
It is hard to believe that the festive celebrations are now over and we are already full pelt into January 2019!
This month we are looking at the potential changes that may impact organisations during the year ahead.
Whilst there is still a great deal of uncertainty around Brexit, the government are implementing a number of changes in relation to employment including increases in minimum and living wage, National Insurance Contributions changes and alterations to payslips. Future changes in respect of the Good Work Plan for 2020 and beyond are also in the throes of being drafted!
Now is the time of year to get your house in order and make sure that your policies and handbooks are up-to-date and fit for purpose. We are working with a number of clients to review their core documents ready for the year ahead.
Given the increasing number of tribunal claims, it is important that you have robust and legally compliant processes in place, so that your employees are fully aware of your organisation’s policies and procedures. If you would like to find out more about how we can assist you with this process, please call one of the team.
This month’s newsletter focuses on the key changes in legislation for 2019 and contains some articles of interest. We hope you enjoy reading these and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the coming year.
Julia and Ros
In this month’s issue:
Changes in legislation on the horizon in 2019
Timeline of employment law changes for 2019 and new case law regarding contracts of employment
Why is that pay growth remains slow even though we’ve had the biggest rise in average pay since 2008?
32.4 million people are employed within the UK and average weekly pay has seen the biggest rise since 2008, but real wages will not be back at pre-recession level before 2024, according to the general secretary at the TUC.
The percentage increase of 3.3% on the same quarter last year does little to console workers who find themselves in the longest pay squeeze for 200 years.
Do you comply with your own data retention policies? Follow these 5 steps to ensure compliance!
Remember Spring 2018 and the rush to become GDPR compliant? Remember the relief when you updated your Data Protection Policy and Privacy notices?
However, compliance with GDPR does not, of course, stop there and the potential penalties for breach (up to 4% of annual turnover) remain.
A recent survey by Personnel Today reported that despite 83% of HR teams setting retention periods for data related to employees, leavers and job candidates, only 69% had actually deleted their personal information when the periods had expired i.e. almost a third admitted to a data protection breach.