Ensure there’s no fooling around this April Fools’ Day by making sure you’re aware of the following changes in employment law:
- National minimum wage increases on 1 April as follows:
– to £8.21 an hour for workers 25 and over;
– to £7.70 an hour for workers aged between 21 and 24;
– to £6.15 an hour for workers aged between 18 and 20
– to £4.35 an hour for workers over compulsory school age but not yet 18
– to £3.90 an hour for apprentices (either under 19 or if 19 over, in the first year of their apprenticeship.)
- Family Friendly Payments
Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increase to £148.68 from 7 April
- Statutory sick pay increases to £94.25 on 6 April 2019.
- The maximum on a week’s pay, for statutory redundancy purposes, increases to £525 on 6 April.
- From 6 April, payslips will have to be itemised and state the number of hours being paid. Workers will also be entitled to an itemised payslip
- Increase in pension contributions under auto-enrolment
Employers and employees will have to contribute a minimum of 3% and 5% respectively to their pension funds.
If you are concerned about the impact these changes may have on your business, then please contact Julie Sullivan.