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6 employment law changes this April

06/04/2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “6 employment law changes this April”

EACH APRIL, THE GOVERNMENT RELEASES A RAFT OF UPDATES TO VARIOUS EMPLOYMENT LAWS.

THIS YEAR THERE ARE 6 IMPORTANT CHANGES THAT MAY AFFECT YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS:

  1. Minimum wage rates increased on 1st April.
National Living Wage:
  • Workers aged 25 and over (now up to a minimum of £7.83 PH)
National Minimum Wage:
  • Workers aged 21 – 24 (now up to a minimum of £7.38 PH)
  • Workers aged 18 – 20 (now up to a minimum of £5.90 PH)
  • Workers over compulsory school age but under 18 (now up to a minimum of £4.20 PH)
  • Apprentices (now up to a minimum of £3.70 PH)
  1. Pension Contributions
From today, you must contribute at least 2% to your employees’ pension scheme (up from the previous 1%). Employees themselves must contribute a minimum of 3% (up from the previous 1%).
  1. Tribunal awards for unfair dismissal
From today, the maximum award for unfair dismissal will increase to £98,922.
  1. Gender pay gap reporting
If you employ more than 250 people, you must now publish data on the difference between the amount you pay male and female employees. You must then submit your figures to the Government Equalities Office by 4th April 2018. Failure to do so may result in a conviction and an unlimited fine.
  1. Changes to the taxation of termination payments
From today, HMRC will treat all payment in lieu of notice that you make to your employees as earnings (and therefore subject to tax and NI deductions)
  1. Data Protection (GDPR)
GDPR is a new law that came into force on 25th May across the whole of the EU including the UK (regardless of Brexit). This law introduced significant changes in how you are permitted to process and store data on both your employees and customers which has made companies more liable in cases of data security breaches. If you need any further information or clarification on any of the above, please contact us on 0161 817 8034.

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