Category Archives: Wages

Government reforms (5):  April changes – a reminder

Increase in National Living and Minimum Wage – 1 April 2021 As we updated you in our December 2020 Newsletter Government reforms (3): Increase in national living and minimum wage, the National Living Wage, which currently only applies to workers aged 25 or over, increased by 2.2% and was extended to 23 and 24-year-olds for…
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Case update (4):  Holiday pay – No carry over for taken unpaid leave

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Summary:  Are workers who are denied holiday pay, but take unpaid leave, entitled to a payment in lieu on termination where the claim would otherwise be out of time? No, says the EAT in Smith v Pimlico Plumbers available here. Background:  In King v Sash Windows the CJEU held that workers denied annual leave (including…
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Case update (1): National minimum wage – (not) sleeping on the job

Summary:  Is a ‘sleep-in shift time work’ for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations (NMW Regs)? No, and nor can it be ‘work’ in any other sense in the NMW Regs, holds the Supreme Court in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and another case available here. Background:  The NMW Regs provide that workers…
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Case update (2): Equal pay – Comparators

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What do we already know? We updated you in our February 2019 Newsletter Case update (2): Equal pay – Comparators on the Court of Appeal’s decision in Brierley and others v ASDA Stores Ltd that the ASDA store worker claimants were entitled to compare themselves with depot workers in distribution centres. ASDA appealed to the…
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Government reforms (2):  Increase in statutory rates

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What do we already know? Annually in April the annual increase in statutory pay rates come into effect which are normally increase in line with the consumer price index (CPI). What’s new? The following proposed increases to statutory payments are expected to be effective in April 2021: the weekly rate of maternity (SMP), paternity (SPP),…
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Government reforms (3):  Increase in national living and minimum wage

1. National Living and Minimum Wage: From 6 April 2021, the new hourly rates recommended by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) and accepted by the Government will be as set out below. The National Living Wage, which currently only applies to workers aged 25 or over, will increase by 2.2% and will be extended to…
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Government reforms (6):  Guidance – holiday pay

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What do we already know? We updated you in our April Newsletter Government reforms (2): April changes – are you ready? that from 6 April 2020 the period over which average holiday pay is calculated for employees without normal working hours, or who have variable remuneration, is being extended from 12 to 52 weeks. What’s…
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Government reforms (2):  April changes – are you ready?

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There is perhaps something comforting in the fact that it is business-as-usual for employment law in terms of a number of changes coming into force in April, as is the case every year. 1 April 2020 Increase in National Living and Minimum Wage The new rates are as follows: Age 25 plus: National Living Wage increase…
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Government reforms (3):  IR35 reforms – delayed!

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What do we already know? We reminded you in our January 2020 Newsletter Government reforms: New year, New law!  of the changes due to the IR35 rules on 6 April 2020 for medium and large businesses in the private sector. For more information on the IR35 reforms in the private and charity sectors see our Blogs here. What’s…
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Government reforms (1): National Minimum Wage changes

The Government has published its response (available here) to last year’s consultation on reforming the National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations.  As part of this response, the Government has announced a number of changes to the regulations in a bid to tackle previous criticisms of, in particular, the operation of salary sacrifice schemes and treatment of…
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