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Every year, the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) are set to rise from the 1st April.


The new rates will be:


· NLW (age 25+) £8.72 per hour

· NMW (age 21-24) £8.20 per hour

· NMW (age18-20) £6.45 per hour

· NMW (age16-17) £4.55 per hour

· NMW apprentice rate £4.15 per hour


If you pay any employees the NLW or NMW, or close to it, it’s a good idea to check their current pay now to see what adjustments you need to make ready for April.



Other important rises from 5th April 2020


Other important rises include:


· Statutory sick pay, which will rise to £95.85 per week

· Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, and shared parental payments will rise to £151.20

per week

· Statutory parental bereavement pay will be introduced from 6th April (£151.20 per week).


If this is written in your policies then don’t forget to amend them ready for April.

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CCTV monitoring can be used in the workplace for a number of legitimate reasons such as:


· ensuring the safety of employees

· preventing theft, malicious damage or other misconduct

· to assess and improve productivity

· ensuring that health and safety procedures are being followed

· complying with legal and regulatory requirements.


If CCTV is installed the employer should make sure their employees are aware of it by displaying signs to say where the locations of the cameras are as well as having written policies and procedures in place regarding the use of CCTV at work.


Workers should also be given the reason for the monitoring. If the reason for the CCTV is to prevent theft for example, the employer cannot then use the footage for another reason such as recording entry and exit of workers from the workplace.


Employers should remember that workers are entitled to some privacy at work under the Human Rights Act 1998. Cameras should not be cited in areas where individuals have a heightened expectation of privacy, such as toilets and monitoring should be justified and not excessive.


Most uses of CCTV by organisations or businesses will be covered by the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) so employers are likely to need to register with the Information Commissioners Office and follow the ICO's code of practice

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Further guidance: In the picture: A data protection code of practice for surveillance cameras and personal information

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The legal requirements relating to health and safety applies to all businesses whatever the size. It’s about protecting people and your business.


CG Safety are based in Sussex and provide health and safety advice and support to small and medium businesses. They have written a quick read - Health and safety for small businesses - where to start... If you own a small business or you are the person responsible for health and safety in a small business then this is definitely worth reading.

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