The big change taking effect on 1 October is of course the implementation of the bulk of the Equality Act 2010, which modernises and consolidates all Britain’s equality laws. More information about the Act and its effect is available in our previous postings here and here. But two other changes taking place tomorrow are also worth a mention.

As in previous years the national minimum wage will be increased with effect from the beginning of October. The adult rate, which will now apply to workers aged 21 or over, increases to £5.93 per hour. The rate for workers between 18 and 20 goes up to £4.92, and the rate for 16 and 17 years olds rises to £3.64. Finally, a new minimum wage of £2.50 per hour is being introduced for some apprentices. More information can be found on the Low Pay Commission’s website.

Amendments to the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations also take effect on 1 October. The changes include modifying the suitability checks that agencies and employment businesses need to carry out, and banning or restricting the taking of up-front fees from work-seekers. More details are contained in the Government’s explanatory memorandum which accompanies the new regulations.