April employment changes


Increases to the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) take effect from Thursday 1 April 2021

The increases range from 1.5% to 3.8% and the National Living Wage is also extended so that it will now apply to workers aged 23 and over, rather than workers over 25 years old.

In addition, from 1 April 2021 employers must keep records to demonstrate that it is paying  at least the applicable minimum wage for six years (previously three years) and this will apply to records made before 1 April 2021.

( National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage: Low Pay Commission Remit 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk) )

Increases to the limits for tribunal awards and calculations take effect from 6 April2021

The cap for a weeks’ pay (for the purposes of the statutory redundancy calculation or basic unfair dismissal award) increases from £538 to £544.

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from £88,519 to £89,493 (or remains 12 months’ pay, whichever is lower)

Statutory payments increases take effect from 4 April 2021

The prescribed rate for a week’s pay for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave increases from £151.20 to £151.97 from 4 April 2021.

The off-payroll working rules are extended to private sector from 6 April 2021

The intention of the rules is to counter non-compliance with IR35 and seeks to shift the compliance burden from the worker’s personal service company to the medium and large “client” organisations that they work for, by treating the client organisation as an employer for income tax and NICs purposes. Employers and workers affected should review their contracts and seek further advice where required.

For any advice and information on employment matters and how the Employment team can help, please contact Rabika Basran.

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