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Removal of Third Party Harassment Provisions of the Equality Act

As part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, the 1 October saw the removal of the third-party harassment provisions from the Equality Act 2010.

The Government suggested that the provisions governing third-party harassment were an example of unnecessary regulation.

This now means that employees must rely on the general harassment provisions of the Equality Act or they may choose to bring a claim for constructive dismissal, a claim for negligence and/or a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

National Minimum Wage Increases

On 1 October 2013 the national minimum wage rates per hour increased as follows:

• The standard adult rate (for workers aged 21 and over) increased from £6.19 to £6.31.

• The development rate (for workers aged between 18 and 20) increased from £4.98 to £5.03.

• The young workers rate (for workers aged under 18 but above the compulsory school age who are not apprentices) increased from £3.68 to £3.72.

• The rate for apprentices increased from £2.65 to £2.68.

The accommodation offset also rose from £4.82 to £4.91 per day.

JMA Welcomes…..

n addition to the launch of our new Blog which will keep you up to date with current developments in HR and employment law as they happen, we are pleased to welcome a new member to the JMA team….


Anne Laflin joins JMA as an HR Consultant to strengthen our unique offering of a combined HR and legal service to our clients.


Anne has worked in HR for more years than she admits to! Her career spans across blue chip companies, including Hewlett Packard, GE, Microsoft and Veritas Software. Regarding herself as a true HR Generalist she has also developed these skills into specialist areas such as Talent Development, Compensation and Benefits, Performance Management and Organisational Change.


A member of the CIPD and the British Psychological Society, Anne has developed HR teams in small, medium-sized and global companies together with establishing infrastructures that support business goals. Before joining JMA HR & Legal Anne worked as UK HR Manager for a software company in Surrey after spending five years as an independent Business and HR Consultant.


Anne can offer HR support in relation to the following: set up of HR systems; policies and procedures; new staff inductions; talent management & appraisal processes; assessment & aptitude testing; business re-structuring; managing due diligence; staff training; coaching & mentoring; and handling disciplinary & grievance hearings/appeals.


Do get in touch if you think Anne or any other member of the JMA team can help:


Tel. 01252 821792. E.

The updates in this blog are published for information only and provide an overview of employment law and best practice as at the date of publication. No action should be taken without seeking professional advice.