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Are you up to date with these recent employment law changes?

Employment / 11 April 2019

The following annual increases took effect this month:

KEY DATES

1 April 2019
The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

6 April 2019
Compensation limits including a week’s pay
Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay

ISSUE & IMPACT

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

All rates were increased on 1 April 2019 to:

  • Apprentice: £3.90 (from £3.70)
  • Under 18: £4.35 (from £4.20)
  • 18-20: £6.15 (from £5.90)
  • 21-24: £7.70 (from £7.38)
  • 25 and over: £8.21 (from £7.83)

A link to current and historic NMW/NLW rates is available here.

Increase to compensation limits including a week’s pay

From 6 April 2019, the maximum amount of ‘a week’s pay’ (for the purposes of calculating statutory redundancy payments and compensation for unfair dismissal) will increase from £508 to £525.  This means that for dismissals which take effect on or after 6 April 2019:

  1. the maximum basic award and statutory redundancy payment will be £15,750 (previously £15,240); and
  2. the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will be £86,444 (previously £83,682).

Increase in statutory rates

As well as other increases, the rate of statutory sick pay increased to £94.25 (from £92.05) per week and statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increased to £148.68 (from £145.18) per week.

ACTION

Employers should take note of the changes in rates.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these developments.

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