The 1st October had an introduction of a raft of new employment legislation. Changes such as increases in the Minimum Wage to the introduction of Agency Workers Regulations and let us not forget the abolishment of the default retirement age. There is a lot to take in and as a consequence the Peninsula Advice Service this past weekend has been extremely busy. Peninsula received over 5120 calls throughout the weekend. Alan Price, Employment Services Director said, "There is a lot of legislation for employers to take in. There are many businesses that are unaware of the new Agency regulations, so we have been busy updating them. We've prepared our clients for some weeks now but there are many employers who are calling us who have only heard of the regulations through the medial or by word of mouth and are unsure of what they are supposed to be doing." "The default retirement age has now been abolished and yet we are getting a lot of calls from employers who want to know the age limit that employees can work too and how to deal with. It is an issue that many employees need to seek advice on because up to 500,000 people a year could benefit from the abolishment on forced retirement and obviously employers can not dismiss someone on the grounds of age. Again do not hesitate to call us for advice on the issue because getting this wrong could lead you to be taken to employment tribunal." For further advice on new employment legislation changes introduced on the 1st October then contact the Peninsula Advice Service on 0844 892 2772.