As ever in April, there are a number of key changes which come into force today and this week. By way of reminder these are:
National Minimum Wage – 1 April 2019
As from today, the National Minimum Wage rates are:
for those aged 25 and over, £8.21 (increase from £7.83);
for those aged 21 to 24, £7.70 (increase from £7.38);
for those aged 18 to 20, £6.15 (increase from £5.90);
for those under 18, £4.35 (increase from £4.20); and
for those who are apprentices, £3.90 (increase from £3.70).
Statutory payments – 6/7 April 2019
From 6 April 2019, statutory sick pay is increasing from £92.05 per week to £94.25.
From 7 April 2019, the level of statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental pay is also increasing, from £145.18 per week to £148.68.
Tribunal awards – 6 April 2019
From 6 April 2019, the limit for a weeks’ pay will increase from £508 to £525. This figure is used to calculate statutory redundancy pay and the basic award in unfair dismissal claims.
The maximum compensatory award for ordinary unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal will also increase from £83,682 to £86,444.
Itemised payslips – 6 April 2019
From 6 April 2019, all workers (as well as employees) are entitled to itemised payslips. Further, payslips must now set out the number of hours paid for where a worker is paid on an hourly rate basis.
Whilst these may only seem like small changes, they are not ones to miss as the consequences of failing to follow these changes can have a big impact on employers.
If you have any questions on any of these changes, please do contact a member of the Employment Team via 01603 610911.