New laws and legislation come into effect frequently, and it’s sometimes hard to keep up! However, one area in which you do not want to be out of the loop is employment law. It is critical to ensure that you are doing everything correctly when it comes to your employees!
What changes do I need to know about?
Increases to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage Rates and Statutory Rates for Maternity, Family Leave, Sick Pay, and Redundancy Pay
When will this happen?
From April 1, 2023, the minimum wage rates will increase as follows:
- Workers aged 23 and over – from £9.50 to £10.42
- Workers aged 21 to 22 – from £9.18 to £10.18
- Workers aged 18 to 20 – from £6.83 to £7.49
- Workers aged 16 to 17 – from £4.81 to £5.28
- Apprentices – from £4.81 to £5.28
An extra bank holiday on 8th May to mark the King’s Coronation
It’s definitely worth checking your employees’ contracts in regard to bank holidays in advance of the additional bank holiday. Whether your employees are entitled to take that extra day’s holiday will depend on the specific wording in your contracts. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with these in advance of any questions or confusion.
You may decide to give your team this additional day’s holiday anyway or as time off in lieu. If you do, it’s a good idea to decide early what you think is best for your business and make it clear to your employees what you’re going to do.
For those already using the Pink Pig HR software we have already added the additional day for those of you using the standard England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland bank holiday options. If you’re not already using our software and would like to find out more, click here.
Important Changes to the Right to Request Flexible Working laws.
The government has confirmed it will extend the right to request flexible working to all employees as a “day one” right. Currently, this right only applies after employees have completed 26 weeks’ service.
In need of some help and guidance when it comes to HR?
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