Any legislative changes to be aware of?

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As of 6 April 2020, the following increases take effect:

The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows:

25 and over  –  £8.72 per hour

21 to 24  –  £8.20 per hour

18 to 20  –  £6.45 per hour

Under 18  –  £4.55 per hour

Apprentices  –  £4.15 per hour

The standard weekly rates of statutory maternity pay, statutory adoption pay, statutory paternity pay, and statutory shared parental leave pay will increase from £148.68 to £151.20.

The weekly rate of statutory sick pay will increase from £94.25 to £95.85.

As we reported in our employment law update last month, there are a number of measures due to come into effect on 6 April 2020.

Statement of terms

Employers must provide employees with a written statement of terms on or before the first day of employment. This is a change to previous legislation where this requirement was within two months of employment commencing.

There is also additional information that must be provided within the statement of terms, including:

  • Days to be worked
  • Variability in hours or days
  • Any paid leave, such as maternity leave, etc.
  • All benefits
  • Any probationary information
  • Certain information about training

This extends to workers as well as employees.

Holiday pay reference period

The reference period for calculating holiday pay will increase from 12 weeks to 52 weeks.

Changes to agency worker rules

The Swedish derogation will be abolished, and so the right to equal treatment for workers regarding pay and basic working conditions after 12 weeks of continuous service in the same role will be removed.

Employment businesses will need to provide a key facts statement titled “Key Information Document”, to agency workers detailing specific information.

By 30 April 2020, agencies must write to workers whose contracts include a Swedish derogation provision informing them this will no longer have effect.

Information and consultation threshold

The threshold for valid request to set up an information and consultation arrangement is being lowered from 10% to 2%.

Parental bereavement leave

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 comes into force allowing up to two weeks paid leave off work following the loss of a child under the age of 18 years.

Should you have any questions in respect of the above, or any other employment related issue, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the employment team.