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New English apprenticeships introduced

The Deregulation Act 2015 introduces changes to English apprenticeships with effect from 26 May 2015.

26 May 2015

Exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts banned

The Government introduces ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts.

26 May 2015

Change to financial penalty for underpayment of national minimum wage

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Commencement No.1) Regulations 2015 increase the penalty imposed on employers that fail to pay employees the national minimum wage to a maximum of £20,000 per worker.

26 May 2015

Child Benefit and Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2015 comes into force

The order increases the maximum rates of the child elements of child tax credits and of various elements of working tax credits.

6 April 2015

Social Security Revaluation of Earnings Factors Order 2015 comes into force

The order increases the percentages for revaluating earnings factors for the state second pension.

6 April 2015

Social Security Pensions (Flat Rate Accrual Amount) Order 2015 comes into force

The order prescribes that the flat rate accrual amount for the tax year beginning 6 April 2015, and subsequent tax years, is £93.60.

6 April 2015

Social Security Pensions (Low Earnings Threshold) Order 2015 comes into force

The order prescribes that for the tax years following 2014/15 the new threshold is £15,300.

6 April 2015

Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 come into force

The Regulations increase the lower and upper earnings limits for primary Class 1 national insurance contributions and the primary and secondary thresholds for primary and secondary Class 1 national insurance contributions and introduce the upper secondary threshold which is the level of earnings above which Class 1 national insurance contributions become payable for employees under the age of 21.

6 April 2015

Increase to lower earnings limit for national insurance contributions comes into force

The lower earnings limit for primary Class 1 national insurance contributions increases from £111 to £112.

6 April 2015

Pensions auto-enrolment earnings thresholds rise

The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2015 prescribes that the earnings thresholds for pensions auto-enrolment increase.

6 April 2015

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