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It’s the start of a new year and below are some of the key employment law changes to come into effect 2020…

There are number of key employment changes that come into effect in April of this year in addition of what may be to come with Brexit. We have outlined the key changes afoot, below:

1. Increase to National Living Wage  

From April, the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase by 6.2% from £8.21 to £8.72 per hour https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-pay-rise-for-28-million-people. This increase will apply to all those 25 years old and over, but there will also be increases to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for workers who are 24 and under.

2. Employees will be entitled to a written statement of employment on their first day

Currently, employer have to ensure that employees receive a written statement of employment within the first 2 months. However, this is changing and will need to be issued on an employees first day. Furthermore, employers will need to include further information in their written statements of employment, including the hours and days of the week that is included in normal pay, details of probationary periods, details of benefits and any training entitlement provided.

3. Calculation of holiday pay

As it stands, the holiday pay reference period is 12 weeks for those that receive variable pay and this is a regular and settled pattern. However, this will increase to 52 weeks from April. Employers will therefore need to calculate the average hours worked and the average pay from the previous 52 weeks.

4. New parental bereavement leave

From April, employees who lose a child or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy will be entitled to up to 2 weeks paid leave. Many employers have a compassionate or bereavement leave policy in place and this new right can be included within these policies.

Please note: This post is intended to be a summary of employment law coming into force in 2020 and should not replace legal advice from an employment lawyer.

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