From April, the national minimum wage will be going up as follows:
- £8.91 to £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over (the national living wage)
- £8.36 to £9.18 for workers aged 21 or 22
- £6.56 to £6.83 for workers aged 18 to 20
- £4.62 to £4.81 for workers aged under 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age, and
- £4.30 to £4.81 for apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in the first year of the apprenticeship.
Also in April, statutory sick pay, family pay and potentially redundancy pay will also be increasing:
The rate of statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and parental bereavement pay will increase to £156.66 and this will take effect from 3 April.
From 6 April, the rate for statutory sick pay will also rise to £99.35.
Also from 6 April the new weekly pay calculation (threshold currently £544/week) is likely to rise – look out for confirmation of this in February.
Again (!) in April, the temporary right to work checks which don’t require you to meet with individuals are due to expire. Employers should ensure that they continue complying with the relevant right to work checks in place (which could be a continuation of the existing policy of not having to meet face to face but may not be). One to watch!
In June, we will have an additional bank holiday (hurrah!) to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The additional holiday falls on Friday 3 June.
However, there are other changes made to the bank holidays – the late May bank holiday has been shifted to Thursday 2 June – which means there will be two consecutive bank holidays – the 2nd and 3rd June – an unusual situation for employers to navigate!
What else should we be looking out for over the course of the year?
- sexual harassment legislation updates
- amendments to the rules on settlement agreements
- Flexible working changes
- stable working patterns for workers
- potential new rules for dealing with tips
- Will we see the introduction of neonatal leave and pay?
Plus….. lots more!