Email Us 01473 688 100

Case Law

April 2016 Legislation Changes Round Up

A new ‘living wage’ is introduced as part of the national minimum wage, we have the usual rate changes and some important changes to Employment Tribunal procedure.

National Living Wage

The National Living Wage, a new national minimum wage rate for workers aged 25 and over, was introduced on 1 April 2016. The rate is a minimum of £7.20 per hour.

Statutory maternity pay etc rates

These remain unchanged at the weekly rate of £139.58 with effect from 6 April 2016.

Sick pay, weekly pay and compensation award for unfair dismissal

Sick pay will remain at £88.45 per week.

The cap on a week’s pay for the purposes of calculating, for example, statutory redundancy payments (and the basic award for unfair dismissal) increases to £479 from £475.

The compensatory award for unfair dismissal will be capped at the lesser of 12 months’ gross pay or £78,962.

These changes also take effect from 6 April 2016.

Changes in Employment Tribunal procedure

There are two procedural changes in the Employment Tribunal from 6 April 2016.

  • Penalties can be imposed by the Employment Tribunal where tribunal awards or sums payable under a settlement are not paid. The employer will first be issued with a warning notice and given time to pay.  A minimum of 28 days must be allowed, as the employer has the right to appeal the warning notice.  If payment is not made and the sum is considered payable a penalty notice can be issued.  The penalty will be 50% of the unpaid sum subject to a minimum of £100 and maximum of £5,000.  If paid within 14 days the penalty is reduced by 50%.
  • The parties to Employment Tribunal proceedings will only be allowed to apply to postpone a hearing a maximum of two times each, unless exceptional circumstances apply. Also, postponements within seven days of a hearing will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. An Employment Tribunal can also postpone where settlement is likely or where a postponement is needed due to an act or omission of the Employment Tribunal or a party.

Book a phone consultation

Apply for a FREE phone consultation with one of our employment law solicitors to discuss your case, how we can help and find out how much it is likely to cost.

Selected evening and weekend appointments available.

Julie Temple

How can we
help you?

Our hourly rates are competitive and we all strive to work efficiently to avoid unnecessary legal costs for you.

01473 688100

Choose a phone consultation date & time Book a Phone
consultation
Request a call back Request
a Call Back
Complete our Tell Us About Your Case Form Case Details
Form

Tell us about your case

Our online form is the easy way to tell us about your case and employment details.

Short of time? Our ‘save and return’ feature lets you save your answers and complete the form later.

Reasons to Choose
Quantrills Solicitors

Trusted advice

Attention to attention

Speed of response

Pragmatic solutions

Becoming our client is a straightforward process. However, before choosing Quantrills as your employment law solicitors you’ll want to be completely sure we are the right people to help you achieve your objectives. Having looked at our web site, if you like our approach and would like to discuss how we can help you, getting started is easy.

Step 1

Get in Contact

Contact us and tell us a little about your problem and the help you are looking for.

Step 2

We’ll contact you

We’ll follow up with a free no obligation initial telephone call or email to discuss your case.

Step 3

Invitation to become our client

Provided we are happy we can help you, we’ll invite you to become our client.

Step 4

You instruct us

If you agree to our invitation, you simply have to confirm this is writing or by email and confirm your instructions.

Step 5

We’ll start to act for you

Congratulations! You are now a client of Quantrills and we’ll start work on your instructions.

At Quantrills we are flexible in how we work with you and how we progress your case...

In Person

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

Get Directions

By Telephone

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

01473 688 100

Or request a call back

By Online Form

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

View Forms

By Email

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

Email us

FREE Employer
Newsletter

Subscribe to our email based hrlegalnews to receive details of our Knowledge Bank & HR Updates updates and our forthcoming events.

Client Testimonials

View more