Birmingham Legal Walk June 2016
The annual 10k Birmingham Legal Walk is an important source of income for the Centre. Last year we raised a much needed £2,500 to help us meet our running costs. Please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/birminghampeoplescentre and sponsor Trevor in the June 2016 walk, so we can continue to assist people with employment problems with nowhere else to turn to. Thank you for your support!
In April the Government’s new National Living Wage will become law
If you’re working and aged 25 or over and not in the first year of an apprenticeship, you’ll be legally entitled to at least £7.20 per hour. That’s an extra fifty pence per hour in your pocket. The Government is committed to increasing this every year.
You should see the increase in your pay automatically from April if you currently earn less than £7.20 per hour. So check your payslip then. If you don’t see the difference in April, you may want to speak to your employer or contact us for advice. You can find out more about the National Living Wage here.
We are grateful for the support of the William Dudley Trust who recently awarded us a grant to help us purchase much needed office equipment. If you would like to make a donation to fund our work please click on the donate button.
Low-paid workers report sharp rise in ‘wage theft’
A recent report by Citizens Advice highlights the difficulties that some low-paid workers experience in getting the wages that they are owed. If you need help to obtain the money that you are owed by your employer please contact us.
You can find out more here.
Help with employment tribunal practice and procedure
A new service explaining the employment tribunal procedure and what to expect at the hearing is now available. The hour-long sessions take place at the Birmingham employment tribunal on the 13th floor, Centre City Tower, 7 Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4UU. The service is available to claimants and respondents. If you have made, or are considering making a claim, to the employment tribunal you can find out about the service here.
Revealed: how Sports Direct effectively pays below minimum wage
A recent investigation by the Guardian highlights working practices employed by Sports Direct that appear to show workers being paid bellow the minimum wage. Details of the report can be found here.