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Round up of employment law changes in April 2017

Posted on 23rd March 2017
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There are a number of changes to be aware of coming into effect in the early part of April 2017. This article rounds them up for you.

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There are a number of changes to be aware of coming into effect in the early part of April 2017

1 April 2017

From 1 April 2017 increases to the National Living and Minimum Wages take effect, as follows:

  • National Living Wage of £7.50 (from £7.20) for workers aged 25 and over.
  • Standard Adult Rate of £7.05 (from £6.95) for workers aged between 21 and 24.
  • Development Rate of £5.60 (from £5.55) for workers aged between 18 and 20.
  • Young Worker Rate of £4.05 (from £4.00) for workers aged under 18.
  • Apprentice Rate of £3.50 (from £3.40).
  • Accommodation Offset of £6.40 per day (from £6.00).

2 April 2017

From 2 April 2017 weekly payments for various family leave increase to £140.98 (from £139.58).

5 April 2017

5 April 2017 is the date that organisations must use to determine if they have 250 or more employees.  If so they need to publish gender pay gap information by 4 April 2018, but you should take action sooner rather than later given the complexity of the data you will need to compile and then publish.  Find out more in Marsha's article.  Also, I will be hosting a Webinar on Wednesday 10 May 2017 to explain more about this obligation.  You can find out more about the webinar and book your place here

6 April 2017

The annual increase to Employment Tribunal Compensation limits takes place.

Also on this date, the apprenticeship levy commences and statutory sick pay increases to £89.35 (from £88.45). Under the apprenticeship levy, businesses with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million (or connections to other companies or charities which in total have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million) will be required to pay a levy.  

10 April 2017

From 10 April 2017 maternity allowance increases to £140.98 (from £139.58).

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