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» Employment Law Changes from April 2019

There are four main statutory changes that are set to come into force during April 2019 that you need to be aware of:

Itemised Pay Statements

From 6 April, the right to itemised pay statement will extend to workers, not just employees.

Also, for pay periods beginning on or after 6 April, pay statements provided to employees and workers whose pay varies based on the hours worked will need to show the number of hours paid at the variable rate. This will apply not only to hourly paid employees and workers but also to those who receive fixed pay with a variable rate applied to any overtime. In this case, the pay statement will need to show the number of hours of overtime worked.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

From 1 April, the following changes come into effect:

  • If you are aged 25, the national living wage has increased to £8.21 per hour.
  • If you are aged between 21 and 25, the hourly rate has increased to £7.70.
  • If you are aged between 18 and 21, the hourly rate has increased to £6.15.
  • If you are aged under 18, the hourly rate has increased to £4.35.
  • The hourly apprentice rate has increased to £3.90 and the daily accommodation off­set has increased to £7.55.

Statutory Sick Pay

From 6 April 2019, statutory sick pay has increased to £94.25 per week

Statutory Family Leave

From 7April, the weekly amount for statutory family pay rates has increased to £148.68 for 2019/20. This rate applies to maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and maternity allowance.

As before, if this is more than 90% of your average weekly earnings, the statutory rate of pay will be capped at 90%. The first six weeks of any period of qualifying leave will continue to be paid at 90% of average weekly earnings.

If you have any questions, feel free to attend our weekly Employment Drop ins.

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