Government reforms (3): Statutory rates increase

national minimum wage
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 will be effective in April 2018: The weekly rate of: Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will rise…
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Newsflash: Statutory rate increases

What do we already know? Most years in April the annual increase in statutory pay rates come into effect. The rates normally increase each April in line with the consumer price index (CPI). However a 0.1% fall in the CPI in the year to September 2015 meant that there was no increase to the rates…
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Blog: Childcare vouchers and maternity leave – what on earth’s happening?

Anne-Marie Boyle
Maternity rights can be a tricky enough area for employers to navigate at the best of times and a lack of relevant case law in this area doesn’t help. Now a very odd EAT decision has lobbed a grenade into the well-established understanding of what happens to a woman’s salary-sacrificed childcare vouchers during maternity leave.…
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Government reforms (1): Spring changes – are you ready?

The following changes are on their way in April: 1 April 2016 National Living Wage: a new mandatory National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour will be introduced from 1 April 2016 for workers aged 25 or over. The National Minimum Wage will continue to apply to other workers (current rate (until September 2016) is…
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Newsflash: No increase to statutory rates

What do we already know? Various statutory rates such as maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay usually increase every year in April in line with the consumer price index (CPI). However, there is no statutory requirement to uplift these rates every year. What’s new? The Government has proposed that…
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Blog: HR – Championing the humans

human workforce
Sometime ago a friend got in touch wanting to talk about her payslip (I suppose if I wanted salacious gossip I’d have gone into divorce law). This friend, let’s call her Helen, had just started maternity leave and her large, private sector employer offers a modest enhanced maternity scheme. Over a glass of wine we…
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Time(table) for change

It continues to be a busy year for HR/employment law changes and, in order to keep us up to date, the Government has published Employment law 2013: progress on reform, available here. This reviews the steps that have been taken since the start of its employment law review and sets out a timetable for the next…
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Tribunal Award and Statutory Pay Increases

From 1 February 2013 the maximum Employment Tribunal awards will be: a week’s pay: £450 (increased from £430), used for calculating statutory redundancy payments and the basic award; and unfair dismissal compensatory award: £74,200 (increased from £72,300).
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