Government reforms (3): Statutory rates increase

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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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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Newsflash: Statutory sick pay – goodbye to reclaims

From 6 April 2014, employers can no longer reclaim any SSP from the Government. This brings an end to the previous regime which allowed employers to reclaim any amount of SSP which exceeded 13% of its monthly national insurance contributions.  If employers do have any outstanding SSP paid for sickness absences before the end of…
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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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