Detail of apprenticeships levy announced

The government has announced how much its new apprenticeship levy will be. This was first mooted in the summer budget. It appears that the levy will be set at a rate of 0.5% of an employers pay bill, over £3… Read on

Abolition of national insurance payments for apprentices

In the Autumn Statement 3 December 2014, George Osborne has announced that employers who hire apprentices will no longer have to pay national insurance. This rule will apply to apprentices up to the age of 25, extended from the current… Read on

Apprentices were actually employees

In the recent case of HMRC v. Holmescales Riding Centre 2014, the EAT held that a riding school’s trainees were in reality ordinary employees and not apprentices. Accordingly, the trainees were entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage applicable to… Read on

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a type of employment that combines work with learning. Apprenticeships can exist under a traditional, common law, form of agreement, or under a modern apprenticeship agreement. Under the traditional, common law, apprenticeship, the training is the primary… Read on

Taste of future employment law

In the Queen’s speech, the government has given us a flavour of likely upcoming changes to employment law. We await the details, but here’s where we can expect the changes to be: Minimum wage: penalties are likely to be increased… Read on