There are 4 main changes to the law that come into effect in April 2019 that you need to be aware of.
1. National Minimum Wage rate increases
- The below changes come into effect from 1 April.
- The national living wage payable to workers aged 25 has increased to £8.21 per hour.
- The hourly rate for workers aged between 21-25 has risen to £7.70.
- For workers aged 18-21, the new hourly rate is now £6.15.
- For workers under 18 the new hourly rate is £4.35.
- The hourly apprentice rate increased to £3.90 and the daily accommodation offset to £7.55.
2. Workers now have the right to an itemised pay statement
From 6 April workers have the right to an itemised pay statement, as well as employees.
Also, when you have members of staff who receive different rates of pay according to the time that they work, you will need to show the number of hours for which each rate of pay is received.
3. Statutory family leave and sick pay rate increases
From the 7th April, the weekly amount for statutory family pay rates increases to £148.68 for 2019/20. This rate applies to maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and maternity allowance. The weekly rate for statutory sick pay increases to £94.25 from 6 April.
4. Employment tribunal award limit increases
There will be changes to the maximum awards that employment tribunals can give under employment legislation, where the event that gives rise to the award occurs on or after 6 April 2019.
Tribunal awards split into two parts for unfair dismissal; basic award and compensatory award.
The cap on a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating the basic award for unfair dismissal and also for calculating redundancy payments, will increase to £525 per week.
The maximum amount of compensatory award for unfair dismissal is increasing to £86,444.
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