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Kerry Eastman

HR Advisor - Uckfield

1st March 2022

Employment Team Newsletter – HR Update

Employment Team Newsletter – HR Update

This month, our new Employment Team Newsletter features an overview of 5 imminent employment law legislative changes.

Flexi-Job Apprenticeships 

From 6 April 2022, under the Apprenticeship (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2022, employers will be able to employ ‘flexi-job’ apprenticeships for a minimum period of three months, rather than the existing minimum 12 month commitment.

This new rule means that apprentices can gain experience of a wide-range of businesses under a series of work placements throughout their apprenticeship. Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/flexi-job-apprenticeship-offer

Tips for Workers (Gratuities)

The Government has announced a proposed law requiring employers to pass all tips to workers. If passed in UK Parliament, employers will be required to pass on all tips, gratuities and service charges to workers without making any deductions.

The proposal also includes a new right for workers to make a request for information concerning their ‘tips record’.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations

From 6 April 2022, under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022, employers’ duties in respect of PPE are extended from employees only, to cover all workers.

The Regulations provide that employers must ensure that, where required, both employees and ‘limb b’* Workers are provided with PPE in connection with their work. They must also be given sufficient information, instruction and training on the use of PPE. Read more here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/ppe/ppe-regulations-2022.htm

*NB: ‘limb b’ means those workers who provide a service as part of a business and who generally carry out work personally, rather than sending someone in their place. 

Digital Right to Work Checks 

At present, the end date for digital right to work checks has been extended until 30 September 2022 (inclusive).

The Government has received positive feedback regarding the ability for employers to conduct these checks remotely and is reviewing its current system to assess viability of permanent digital right to work checks. Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-right-to-work-checks

Changes on the Horizon

Carer’s Leave – the Government has confirmed a day one right to five working days of unpaid carer’s leave per year. It will be possible to take the leave flexibly such as individual days, half days or a one week block. The new right is set to be introduced when parliamentary time allows.

Flexible Working – the delayed Employment Bill could be published in 2022 and is expected to include a new right to request flexible working from day one of employment.

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