Here’s a snapshot of some of the changes coming our way during the year ahead –
- regulations giving zero hours workers the right not to be unfairly dismissed or subjected to a detriment for failing to comply with an exclusivity clause, and to claim compensation comes in to force on 11th January.
- The new National Living Wage, as from 1 April, this will replace the National Minimum Wage for over 25s. The rate of pay will be starting at £7.20 per hour rising to £9.00 per hour by 2020. So prior to April, you might wish to consider:-
- auditing your workforce to identify those will will be affected by this increase
- what you can do to off-set the additional expense, e.g. improve efficiency or productivity etc
- Statutory rates of pay (SMP, SPP, SAP & SSP) usually increase in April; the Government has increased the rates will not increase this April.
- The NMW amendment regs also doubles the financial penalties if employers are found to have paid less than the minimum, with effect from 1 April
- Duty to prepare modern slavery statement takes effect
- Employees in the public sector with annual earnings of £80,000 or more will have to repay exit payments if they return to work in the public sector within one year of leaving
- Employer NICs for apprentices under the age of 25 are abolished, wef 6 April
- Employers, with 250 or more employees, will be required to publish information showing whether or not there are differences in gender pay.