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Employment Law Update 6 April 2020

New legislation making changes to existing employment regulations comes into force on Monday 6th April 2020

Changes are:

National Minimum Wage increase

  • £8.72 per hour for ages 25 and over.
  • £8.20 per hour for ages 21 to 24.
  • £6.45 per hour for ages 18 to 20.
  • £4.55 per hour for under 18.
  • Apprentices under 19 (or aged 19 and over in their first year of apprenticeship) – £4.15 per hour

Agency workers’ rights

The abolishment of the Swedish Derogation (pay between assignments’ contracts) is abolished as of 6 April 2020. This means agency workers are entitled to equal pay as their counterparts once they have completed the 12-week qualifying period.

Holiday pay calculation for irregular hours

Workers who have irregular hours will increases from 12 weeks to 52 weeks.

Parental bereavement leave and pay

Employed parents have been given the right to 2 weeks’ paid leave if their child dies under the age of 18 or if they have a stillbirth at 24 weeks or later.

Written Terms (written statement of employment particulars)

Workers now have the same right as employees to written terms from their employer

Employers must provide written terms to employees and workers on or before their first day of employment, no matter how long they are employed with you.

The written statement must include details about:

  • The hours and days of the week they work.
  • Whether the hours or days may vary and how
  • Entitlements to any paid leave
  • Probationary period if any
  • Training to be provided by the employer
  • Benefits that are not covered elsewhere in the written statement.

Legislation will be introduced to ensure confidentiality clauses used in employment terms do not hinder or prevent individuals from making disclosures to the police, regulated health and care professionals and legal professionals.

Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations

Effective 6 April 2020, it’s easier to request an information and consultation agreement. A minimum of 2%, rather than 10% of employees (or at least 15 people). In workplaces with 50 employees or more can request a formal agreement to be informed and consulted about workplace matters.

If you would like support in updating or creating your policies and templates our HR Consultants can support you to get it right, so get in touch.

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