Six Changes to Employment Law in April 2020 You Need to Know

With what appears to be the end of the world happening around us, (slight hyperbole I know), it is important for businesses and employers to remember that April is just around the corner and with it comes some important changes to Employment Law.
Here are six important changes that everyone needs to know:

1) Increase in National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) generally increases every April and this year is going to be no different.

  • Those aged 25 and over will be entitled to receive £8.71 per hour;
  • A weeks’ pay for family leave, such as maternity/paternity leave is to increase to £151.20 per week from 5th April 2020;

Awards for unfair dismissal are also set to increase from 6th April 2020, with the amount of compensation awarded being capped at a maximum of £88,519 or 52 weeks of pay, whichever is lowest.

2) Statement of Main Terms (SMTs)

The provision of an SMT will become a day one right for employees and workers from 6th April 2020.

They will also need to contain additional information for the first time, including entitlement to family-friendly leave, clarification of any probationary periods and confirmation of which specific days and times individuals are required to work.

3) Extension of the Holiday Pay Reference Period

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4) End of Swedish Derogation Contracts

As of 6th April 2020, employers will no longer be able to use Swedish Derogation Contracts, because these contracts, which allow agencies to avoid providing agency workers with equal pay after 12 weeks of being assigned to a job, will become unlawful.

Furthermore, anyone who is currently employed under one of these contracts will need to be provided with a statement confirming that this is no longer the case by 30th April 2020.

5) Agency Workers Key Information Document (KID)

From 6th April 2020, those people seeking employment via an agency will have a right to receive a KID which will enable them to make informed choices about the work they accept.

The KID is required to clarify specific items, such as including the type of contract the worker is employed under and their minimum rate of pay.

6) Parental Bereavement Leave

The right to this leave will come into effect from 6th April 2020.
It will provide parents who qualify with an entitlement to two weeks of paid bereavement leave following the death of a child under the age of 18.
The pay for this will be at the same rates as other forms of family leave.

Are you up to date?

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This publication is a general guide and summary of the law and should not be construed as legal advice. It should not be acted upon or relied upon in any way and should not replace legal advice which is bespoke to your particular circumstances.


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