From the 1st of October 2015, the following changes and extensions will be made to the following: Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms National Minimum Wage (NMW) Extension of Sikh safety helmet exemption Tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking 30-day refund right
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarmsLandlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, to take effect from October 2015. Those who fail to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty. If your rent a home from now on, your landlord will be required by law to install smoke alarms on all of its floors. Carbon monoxide alarms are also required in all rooms with solid fuel burning appliances. This rule applies to England; housing is a devolved issue in Wales and Scotland. National Minimum Wage (NMW) The NMW rates are now as follows from October are as follows: £6.70 per hour for a worker who is aged 21 years or over; £5.30 per hour for a worker who is aged 18 years or over (but is not yet aged 21 years); £3.87 per hour for a worker who is aged under 18 years; £3.30 per hour for a worker to whom the apprenticeship rate applies
Extension of Sikh safety helmet exemptionThe change means that there will be a specific rule that employers that normally require staff to wear protective headgear in environments where there is a significant risk of head injury will have to exempt Sikhs employees who wear a turban from the requirement. This exemption has been extended to all other workplaces, with limited exceptions for certain roles in the Armed Forces and emergency services.
Tobacco, e-cigarettes and smokingIt is now illegal in England and Wales to smoke in a car carrying someone under the age of 18. The law doesn’t apply to anyone driving in a convertible with the roof down, and doesn’t apply to vaping an electronic cigarette. For retailers to sell electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or e-liquids to someone under 18. For adults to buy (or try to buy) tobacco products or e-cigarettes for someone under 18. To smoke in private vehicles that are carrying someone under 18. The fixed penalty notice fine for both offences is £50. Somebody who commits both offences can get 2 fines. Private vehicles must be carrying more than one person to be smoke free, so somebody who is 17 and smoking alone in a private vehicle isn’t committing an offence. Enforcement officers (usually the police) will use their discretion to decide whether to issue a warning or a fixed penalty notice, or whether to refer an offence to court.
Parking grace periodIf you park a car in a private car park, you are now entitled to a ten minute grace period after your ticket expires. You can’t be fined for ten minutes after the time shown on the ticket. The 10 minute grace period applies in parking bays in the following instances;
- at the start of controlled hours when the bay reverts from being uncontrolled to controlled
- upon expiry of a paid for session during controlled hours
- upon expiry of a permitted ‘free’ parking period during controlled hours (eg a maximum stay)
- anywhere outside of a parking bay, for example on yellow lines, loading bans, footway, when double parked etc
- where a vehicle is parked in a permitted parking bay during controlled hours without permission, without a permit or without having made payment (beyond the first 10 minutes of control).