Key changes in Employment Law coming into force in April
National Living and Minimum Wage Increases
From 1 April 2017 employers must ensure the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increases are reflected in an employee or workers' salary.
The national living wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase by 30p to £7.50 an hour and. The rates of other minimum wage bands will also increase as follows:
Workers aged 21 - 24 £7.05 per hour.
Workers aged 18 - 20 £5.60 per hour.
Workers aged 16 - 17 £4.05 per hour.
Apprenticeship £3.50 per hour.
Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting
From 6 April 2017 the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations will come into force. This will mean that large private and voluntary sector employers who employ 250 or more employees will be under an obligation to report their gender pay gap data. The data must be uploaded to the Employer's website and the government website.
Tribunal compensation limits
From 6 April 2017 the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £78,962 to £80,541. The maximum amount of a week's pay which is used to calculate statutory redundancy payments also rises from £479 to £489 from this date.
This article is for general guidance only. It provides useful information in a concise form. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific legal advice.