National Minimum Wage increases


National Minimum Wage Increases

As we reported in our March Employment e-bulletin, the following increases to the National Minimum Wage will take effect from 1 October 2007:

  • Adult rate (workers aged 22 or over) £5.52 (from £5.35)
  • Development rate (workers aged between 18 and 21) £4.60 (from £4.45)
  • Young workers rate (workers aged under 18 and above compulsory school age) £3.40 (from £3.30)

Commission for Equality and Human Rights

The Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will be established in October 2007 to provide a single equality body responsible for all strands of discrimination. It will take over the work of the existing equality commissions - the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission -and will become responsible for human rights and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, religion or belief, and age. The Commission for Racial Equality will retain its existing functions until April 2009, when they will pass to the CEHR.

The CEHR's duties include encouraging good practice, promoting understanding and awareness of equality, diversity and human rights issues. It also has responsibility for "monitoring the effectiveness of equality and human rights enactments" and the power to issue codes of practice on anti-discrimination legislation and to conduct inquiries relating to any of its duties.

Data Protection

The remaining provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 come into force on 24 October. Manual filing systems in existence before 24 October 1998 are now required to comply with the Act.