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Ensure there’s no fooling around this April Fools’ Day by making sure you’re aware of the following changes in employment law:


  1. 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.)


  1. Family Friendly Payments


Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay increase to £148.68 from 7 April


  1. Statutory sick pay increases to £94.25 on 6 April 2019.


  1. The maximum on a week’s pay, for statutory redundancy purposes, increases to £525 on 6 April.


  1. 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


  1. 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.


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