Employment Update for Small Businesses
February 2018

Dear Visitor,

This month we have more information on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is going to introduce significant changes to data protection law in May this year. You will be pleased to hear that we are able to provide you with all the support you need with your HR data.

Also, increased minimum wage rates are on the way. Have you budgeted for them?

Please contact me if you would like to find out a bit more about any of the subjects raised in this update or if you need any help or advice.

Please forward this email to any of your contacts who might find it of benefit.

Peter Etherington
Tel: 01664 668164


Are you getting ready for GDPR?

New data protection rules start in May

You may recall that I told you about the new data protection rules (GDPR) in an earlier newsletter. Since then, we have been working hard to make sure our retained clients will be ready for them, with respect to their HR data.

We are assisting our retained clients to carry out an audit of their current HR data, and to use that to put together the following documents which they will be able to use to demonstrate compliance:
A register of HR-related personal data, including time periods for retaining the data and the legal basis for processing each category of data
A privacy notice to be issued to all existing staff and new starters
An updated written statement of employment/contract of employment which will include an updated confidentiality clause with reference to GDPR
A data protection policy for staff which will be GDPR compliant
A privacy notice for job applicants
A contractual agreement for clients to enter into with us which sets out that we act as data processors on their behalf with regards to staff data, and our obligations to protect this data and only process it in accordance with our clients’ instructions
We will shortly be able to offer this as a package to non-retained clients, so if you are interested to learn more please contact us.

Employing People: is it really a minefield?

Free Workshop – 7th March

I am presenting a workshop on this topic on behalf of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). It is free to attend, and will be at Pera Business Park in Melton Mowbray.

I will be touching on GDPR, amongst other things. Please click here for more details and to book your place.

New National Minimum and Living Wage Rates

Increases apply from 1st April 2018

There is quite a big increase in all the National Living Wage (for those aged 25 and over) and the National Minimum Wage rates this year:


  • From £7.50 to £7.83 per hour for workers aged 25 and over
  • From £7.05 to £7.38 per hour for workers aged 21 to 24
  • From £5.60 to £5.90 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20
  • From £4.05 to £4.20 per hour for workers aged 16 and 17
  • From £3.50 to £3.70 per hour for apprentices under 19 and those over 19 in their first year*

*N.B. Apprentices over 19 and who have completed at least one year are entitled to the appropriate rate for their age.