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National Minimum Wage
The Government has announced that the National Minimum Wage will again be increased from 1st October 2011.
The increases are:
- adults 21 and over – increase by 15p to £6.08/hour
- 18 – 20 year olds – increase by 6p to £4.98/hour
- 16 – 17 year olds – increase by 4p to £3.68/hour
- apprentices – increase by 10p to £2.60/hour
The Bribery Act
The Bribery Act came into force on 1st July 2011, which applies to UK and international organisations and also UK individuals.
The Act sets out two general offences of bribing and being bribed, which are committed when someone:
- offers, promises or gives another person a bribe
- requests, agrees to receive or accepts a bribe
Organisations can be liable if a person associated with that organisation, bribes another person intending to obtain or retain business, or an advantage in the conduct of business for the organisation.
A commercial organisation will have a full defence if it can show that it had adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery. However, having a policy will not in itself be an adequate procedure: it must be properly implemented, communicated and enforced.
Guidance issued by the Government sets out six principles that an employer must consider when preparing adequate procedures. Those principles are:
- Procedures that are proportionate to the nature, risks and complexity of the business
- Top level commitment by management
- Risk assessments to look at the company’s exposure
- Due diligence on individuals who perform or will perform services for and on behalf of the business
- Communication (including training)
- Monitoring and review
If you require any further information, help or guidance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie on 07771 505605.