April showers changes on employers

By Antonia Blackwell

The 6 April is a day for change for employers because it is one of the government’s two annual ‘common commencement dates’. We take a look at the key changes in employment law that have been introduced this April.

Pay rates increased: The annual increase in statutory payments for sick pay, maternity pay, paternity pay and adoption pay took place on 6 April. The weekly rate of statutory sick pay is now £87.55 and statutory maternity pay, ordinary and additional paternity pay and adoption pay is now £138.18 a week. In addition, the annual increase in statutory compensation limits also took place so that a week’s pay is now capped at £464, the maximum statutory redundancy payment increased to £13,920 and the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal claims increased to £76,574 (or a year’s gross pay if lower)…

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