Enterprise Act 2016: cap on public sector payments introduced

The cap on public sector payments of £95,000 has now been introduced. So there will be no further six figure settlement agreements for public sector workers.

The other main area of the Act affecting employers is introducing targets for apprenticeships in public sector bodies.

As well as creating an Institute for Apprenticeships as a body to oversee apprenticeships meeting the needs of businesses.

There is a push to increase the usage of apprenticeships generally, so expect further initiatives.

There’s also an increased right for shop workers or betting workers to opt out of additional hours on a Sunday.

They can do this by giving notice to their employer in excess of normal Sunday hours.

Currently, they can opt out of Sunday working altogether by giving notice if they are, or may be, required to work on a Sunday. Although, they have to then accept the reduction in pay.

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