What’s on the UK Employment Law Timetable
An overview of the legal changes you can expect in 2019
Previously all changes to UK employment law were introduced in either April or October. The Coalition Government abolished this set timetable and now changes to employment law take place at different months throughout the year.
Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2018 and beyond, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.
|National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) Rates|
|April 2019||On Monday 29 October 2018 Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his Autumn Budget for 2018 and announced the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage rates that will apply from April 2019:
The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over will increase from £7.83 to £8.21.
The National Minimum Wage rates will be increased from:
|Employment Tribunal Award Limits|
|April 2019||The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019 will increase the compensation and weekly pay limits that are payable from 6 April 2019.
The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019 will bring in the following increases:
The new rates take effect where the ‘appropriate date’ for the claim (such as the date of termination in an unfair dismissal claim) is on or after 6 April 2019. Where the appropriate date is before 6 April 2019, the old limits will still apply, even if compensation is awarded after 6 April.
|April 2019||In a written ministerial statement, the government has announced the proposed new rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for tax year 2019/20.
The proposed revised rates are as follows:
These rates are still subject to Parliamentary approval.
|Payslips For Time-Paid Employees to State Number of Hours Being Paid|
|April 2019||The Employment Rights Act 1995 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018, which requires payslips to state the number of hours being paid for time-paid workers, was laid before Parliament on the 8th February 2018.
The Order requires payslips for time-paid workers to state the number of hours being paid, either as an aggregate number of hours or as a separate figure for different types of work (or rate of pay).
The Order will come into force on 6 April 2019.
This legislation follows the Government’s response to the Taylor Review, published on 7 February 2018, and is the first of a number of changes the Government has committed to making to clarify employment rights.
It is important that employers of time-paid workers ensure that their pay slips are correct and that from 6 April 2019 payslips for time-paid workers state the number of hours being paid (if they do not already).
|Britian Leaves the EU (Brexit)|
|The Real Living Wage|
|November 2019||The Real Living Wage Rates are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, and are based on the best available evidence about living standards in London and the UK.
The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate of pay payable to anyone aged 18 or over.