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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. [name of solicitor] rounds off with a word on Brexit.

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3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (25 April 2019)

National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

Rates increase this month. Make sure you’re up-to-date. The new rates from 1st April 2019 are: 

  • £8.21 per hour for ages 25 and over
  • £7.70 per hour for ages 21 to 24
  • £6.15 per hour for ages 18 to 20
  • £4.35 per hour for school leaving age to 17
  • £3.90 per hour for apprentices
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10 Employment Law Changes for 2019

2018 has been a landmark year for employment law with gender pay gap reporting and widespread claims of workplace sexual harassment dominating the headlines. It looks like 2019 will be just as busy with a number of legal changes on their way. Below we list just ten changes that employers will need to look out for.

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LEGAL UPDATE: Changes to Statutory Payments

As we are approaching another tax year, the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) has announced proposed revised amounts for various statutory payments from 1 April 2018

Statutory Maternity Pay/Statutory Paternity Pay/Statutory Shared Parental Pay

 These are all currently £140.98 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate). The weekly rate will increase to £145.18 with effect 1 April 2018. 

To qualify, the employee must have average weekly earnings of at least:

  • £116, if the baby is due on or after 15 July 2018. 
  • £113, if the baby is due on or before 14 July 2018. 

Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)

The weekly rate increases so that it is payable at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings for the first six weeks, with the remainder of the adoption pay period at the rate of £145.18 (or 90% of average weekly earnings if this is less than £145.18) with effect 1 April 2018. 

To qualify, the employee must have average weekly earnings of at least:

  • £116, if the matching or notification occurs on or after 01 April 2018.
  • £113, if the matching or notification occurs on or before 31 March 2018.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

The weekly rate increases from £89.35 to £92.05 with effect 6 of April 2018. To be entitled, the employees average earnings must be equal to or more than the lower earnings limit, which is increasing from £113 to £116.

National Living Wage (NLW)

The NLW for workers aged 25+ will increase to £7.83, the standard adult rate for workers aged 21-24 will be £7.38, and the development rate for workers aged 18-20 will be £5.90.

This change in rates will mean employers will need to carefully plan their budgets for 2018/2019 and, if necessary, prepare for amendments to their policies and other documentation in relation to family-friendly benefits for April 2018.

If you need help and advice in relation to rate changes, please do not hesitate to contact me or the employment team on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and dispute resolution practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide.  Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Worker Rate Changes 2017

Many of us will have been busy enjoying the long Easter break and the last thing that will be on anyone’s mind is whether payroll information relating to hourly rates has been submitted or processed to the relevant department. So we thought we would send everyone a reminder that as of the 1 April 2017 National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Living Wage rates changed. Please make sure that you have updated your payroll so that your workers get paid their legal entitlement. 

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