The Deregulation Act 2015 introduces the following changes which take effect from 1 October 2015:

Removal of the Tribunal’s power to make “wider recommendations” in discrimination claims

Where the Tribunal makes a finding of unlawful discrimination, it may make “recommendations” to the Respondent i.e. recommend steps the Respondent should take to reduce the adverse effects of discrimination. Currently, these steps may relate to the effect on “any other person” as well as the actual complainant. The Deregulation Act 2015 removes the power to make recommendations relating to “any other person”.

The self-employed with no employees to become largely exempt from duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Currently, all self-employed people are obliged to comply with a general duty to conduct their business in such a way as to ensure that they, and other persons who may be affected, are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. From 1 October 2015, self-employed people who have no employees and who do not work in a few specific industries will not generally have to comply with this duty, although new regulations stipulate it will continue to apply to the agriculture, work with asbestos, construction, gas, genetically modified organisms and railway industries.

The right for Sikhs to wear a turban instead of a safety helmet is to be extended to almost all British workplaces

Under the Deregulation Act 2015, the right of Sikhs to wear a turban instead of a safety helmet when working on construction sites will be extended to cover most other types of workplace in Great Britain, but with limited exceptions for specific roles in the military and emergency services.

National Minimum Wage increases

Increases in national minimum wage rates also take effect on 1 October, with the rate for workers aged 21 and over going up by 20p to £6.70 per hour. All other rates will increase as follows:

  • For workers aged 18 to 20, from £5.13 to £5.30 an hour
  • For workers aged 16-17, from £3.79 to £3.87 an hour
  • For apprentices, from £2.73 to £3.30 an hour

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Posted on 30/09/2015 in Legal Updates

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