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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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What Are The Statutory Sick Pay Guidelines?

Statutory sick pay (‘SSP’) is a universal payment all employers must pay, should their employees be signed off from work due to sickness. Some companies offer contractual sick pay – i.e. full pay for a period however more companies rely on government SSP guidelines.

If SSP applies, then the first question to be asked is – does the employee earn more than the lower earnings limit? The current rate for 2019 – 2020 is £118 per week. If the employee earns less than this then the employee would need to claim sick pay from the job centre. There is a SSP1 form online for the employer to complete. The employer does not pay anything during this period (unless contractual sick pay is available).

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Employer deductions from wages must be clearly itemised

Checking the fine print on a wage slip is always a good idea. Ambiguous acronyms that are only truly understood by the payroll department often abound and if one does not know what these mean, in particular as relates to deductions from said pay packet, then how can one be certain that these deductions are correct and lawful?

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