At the beginning of the year, it’s always a good time to take stock and look at what changed will be happening in UK Employment Law in 2019. There are some unknowns – will the EAT decide that Ethical Veganism should covered by the Equality Act under Religion and Belief? Will the ICO bring prosecutions under the GDPR legislation? Those pieces are unknown but there are some known changes.
National Minimum Wage
The National Minimum Wage was first introduced in 1999 and each year, the Government revalues the age banded rates. From 1 April, the hourly rate of the national living wage and national minimum wage increases for workers aged:
- 25 and over from £7.83 to £8.21
- 21-24 from £7.38 to £7.70
- 18- 20 from £5.90 to £6.15
- 16- 17 from £4.20 to £4.35
The apprenticeship rate increases from £3.70 to £3.90.
Bear in mind that any deductions from pay could lead to your employees falling below the National Minimum Wage. The recent Iceland case should stand as a warning to all employers.
From 6 April, statutory sick pay (SSP) increases from £92.05 to £94.25 a week.
From 7 April, the statutory rates for family-friendly leave increases from £145.18 a week to £148.68.
Pensions Auto enrolment
From April 2019, the final step change to the Pensions Auto enrolment legislation comes into force. Employee contributions will rise to 5% (including tax relief) and Employer contributions to 3%. You should leave plenty of time to ensure that employee communications are effectively made.
Itemised pay statements
From 6 April, employees (and, for the first time, workers) must receive an itemised pay statement setting out the hours worked where pay varies. Employers should check now that their payroll systems are able to comply with these changes.
Of course the big unknown is Brexit, will it impact the amount of legislation brought into the UK from the EU? I guess we will know by the end of March.
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