Employment lawApril is a busy time for us HR bods and for you business owners alike.  Not only are you tying up any loose ends from the previous financial year… You also need to make sure that you’re fully prepared for any legal changes that could impact your business.  This is the time when new employment law rules come into force, so there’s no time for burying your head in the sand.  YOU need to be prepared, and YOU need to take ACTION.

And here’s what you need to know:

National minimum wage is set to increase

On 1st April, the national minimum wage will increase.  For workers aged 25 and over, the rate will increase from £7.20 to £7.50.

As the rate varies according to age group, now is a great time to make sure that you’re compliant, and that payroll processes are in order.

Statutory redundancy pay will rise

New rules around redundancy pay will be rolled out from 6th April.  If you have to make employees redundant, then you must pay those with two years’ service a sum based on their length of service, weekly pay, and age.

The weekly pay is subject to a maximum amount, and this will rise from £479 to £489. No business owner wants to think that they may have to face this situation, but it pays to be prepared and know your responsibilities.

Gender pay gap reporting comes into force

If you employ 250 or more employees, then this applies to you.  You will be required to report on your gender pay gap, including any bonuses that you might use to reward your staff.

You’ll have a period of 12 months to publish this information on your own website, and upload the details to a government website.  As such, you need to make sure that you have mechanisms in place NOW to start collecting the necessary facts and figures.

The immigration skills charge will be introduced

Do you sponsor skilled workers under tier 2 of the immigration points-based system?  If so, you will be required to pay a sponsorship levy of £1,000 per year for each certificate of sponsorship – or £364 if you’re a smaller business or charity.

There are certain exemptions that apply, so if you business hires skilled immigrants, it pays to seek out tailored advice.

Depending on the size of your business and other factors that may be at play, there are further changes that you need to be aware of.  April is a fantastic time to carry out an audit of your policies and procedures, to make sure that you’re fulfilling your legal responsibilities.

With that in mind, pick up the phone or click on the click below to book an appointment. We can arrange to have a discussion around the changes that you may need to implement in the coming weeks, so you can move into the new financial year with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that everything is under control.

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