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Welcome to the first Purple HR blog of 2017! With plenty of upcoming changes to HR rules and regulation on the horizon, we would like to provide you with a summary of the most important things happening in the year ahead.

National Living Wage

In line with government policy, the national living wage is continuing to increase in 2017. The next rise will come on 1st April, increasing the National Living Wage to £7.50 per hour. Businesses should be aware that the government will name employers who are found to be paying under the correct National Minimum Wage. Employers should make sure they contact us ahead of schedule to avoid being caught out.

Apprenticeship Levy

If you hadn’t already heard, the government is introducing a new initiative to fund apprenticeships and increase job opportunities for young people. Coming into effect in April 2017, the new Apprenticeship Levy will require employers with payrolls over £3million to contribute a sum equal to 0.5% of their bill to the levy. If you are uncertain about any aspects of the levy, we are on hand to clear up any confusion.

Gender Pay-Gap Reporting

Right now, companies with 250 employees or more should also be gathering data ready for the Gender Pay-Gap reporting, which comes into effect in April 2017. This is important as companies will find that equal pay benefits include an increase in employee contentment and productivity, a greater ability to recruit and retain a skilled workforce, and an improved reputation.

Free Childcare

The government’s commitment to helping working people will extended help to thousands of parents. From September working parents will receive double the current amount of free childcare for 3- and 4-year-olds, equal to 30 hours a week. A welcomed change for many families we look forward to helping employees make the most of their childcare entitlement and return to work.

Mandy Fitzmaurice, Managing Director of Purple HR comments:

“Employers can expect many changes in 2017 that will affect their HR. For peace of mind, it is pertinent for everyone to begin preparing now, well in advance of any deadlines. Experts in all things HR we can help businesses to prepare and understand exactly what is required of them. Taking away the worry, we can provide you with a fully outsourced HR department, a dedicated advice line or a quick and responsive sounding board service.’’

At Purple, we want to ensure that businesses benefit from expert HR advice and support through a range of flexible solutions. We can offer a dedicated team to meet all your businesses HR requirements. If you would like to talk to someone, please give us a call on 01202 801047 or email hello@purplehr.co.uk.

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