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Spring 2022 – Employment law update for employers

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights, such as neo-natal leave and a duty to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

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What are the statutory rates and compensation limits for 2021?

National Minimum Wage
Age Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Workers aged 25 and over (National Living Wage) 8.72 8.91
Workers aged 21 – 24 8.20 8.36
Development rates for workers aged 18 – 20 6.45 6.56
Young workers rate for workers aged 16 – 17 4.55 4.62
Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in their first year of the apprenticeship 4.15 4.30
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What are the statutory rates and compensation limits for 2020?

National Minimum Wage
Age Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Workers aged 25 and over (National Living Wage) 8.21 8.72
Workers aged 21 – 24 7.70 8.20
Development rates for workers aged 18 – 20 6.15 6.45
Young workers rate for workers aged 16 – 17 4.35 4.55
Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in their first year of the apprenticeship 3.90 4.15
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Changes to Employment Law from April 2020

April brings with it the usual annual increases to the national minimum wage and statutory pay for family-friendly leave and sickness absence. But the effects of Good Work: the Taylor review of modern working practices, published in 2017, are still being felt and changes are being introduced to protect vulnerable workers in increasingly flexible business models.

Changes to IR35 tax rules are also expected along with the introduction of the right to parental bereavement leave. A raft of measures designed to protect vulnerable workers also come into force.

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