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April – Some important Statutory changes

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Every April a host of changes are made to employment legislation. Here are the main points affecting our SME clients.

1 April: Maternity, paternity and adoption pay increased 

The standard rates of statutory maternity pay (SMP), paternity pay (SPP) and adoption pay (SAP) increase from £128.73 to £135.45 per week.

6 April: Statutory sick pay increased

The standard rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) increases from £81.60 to £85.85 per week.

Note: The lower earnings limit increases from £102 to £107 per week from 6 April too.

6 April: Qualifying period for unfair dimissal increased

The qualifying period for employees to claim unfair dismissal (and have the right to written reasons for dismissal) increases from one to two years. Note: The increase applies only to employees whose employment begins on or after 6 April.

6 April: Employment tribunal procedure reformed

The maximum amounts of deposit and costs orders increase with the aim of reflecting more accurately the cost to employers of defending tribunal claims. To minimise the cost of tribunal proceedings to the taxpayer, tribunals have a new power to direct that the parties to a dispute are responsible for paying witnesses’ expenses, and employment judges hear unfair dismissal cases alone. To speed up tribunal hearings, witness statements are taken “as read”.

Comment: Please note the new changes and if you require any further assistance please get in touch. That’s what we are here for – to make our clients lives A LOT easier!

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