Hello, it’s the last Friday of the month and that means it’s time for your monthly Employment Law Update. Last month we looked at Bank Holiday working, the gig economy and the Byron Burger scandal and last week’s case examined Early Conciliation.

This month we have lots for you, including forthcoming changes to the minimum wage and the apprenticeship levy. We also would like to draw your attention to a recent post about former England manager, Sam Allardyce, who has since had his contract terminated by mutual consent, in relation to bribery policies and consistent disciplinary sanctions.

From 1st October the minimum wage rate for some age groups will rise. The new rates are as follows:

21-24 year olds – £6.95

18-21 year olds – £5.55

Under 18 years old – £4.00

Apprentices under 19 years old – £3.40

The national living wage for over 25s will be unchanged after being introduced in April this year but all future changes to minimum wage rates, for all age groups, will be introduced in April, beginning in April 2017. Therefore beware that this current rate will only be applicable for six months.