Employment Law – April 2022 Update

Employment Law April Update

In her latest Timms Blog, Employment Law Solicitor, Emma Spandrzyk discusses a number of employment law changes that will be taking place in April 2022…

April sees the usual changes being made to Employment Law rates and limits. To ensure that your business keeps up to date, here is a round up on some of the key changes.

Increases To The Minimum Wage And Other Statutory Rates

The government has confirmed that from 1 April 2022, the rate for minimum wage will increase to:

  • National Living Wage (23+):        £9.50
  • 21– 22 year old rate:                      £9.18
  • 18-20 year old rate:                        £6.83
  • Under 18:                                           £4.81
  • Apprentice rate                                £4.81
  • Accommodation offset:                £8.70

Statutory Rates Of Pay

From the 6 April, Statutory sick pay (SSP) will increase to £99.35 per week.

Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay together with maternity allowance will be £156.66 per week with the increase taking effect from the 3 April 2022.

The lower earnings limit, through which entitlement to family leave and sick pay is calculated, will rise to £123 per week.

Increases In Statutory Payments And Tribunal Awards

From the 6 April 2022, a week’s pay, for unfair dismissal basic award and statutory redundancy purposes, increases to £571.

The maximum amount for compensatory awards for unfair dismissal increases to £93,878.

With a number of key changes being implemented, it is crucial that all existing policies and procedures are reviewed to ensure that compliance is maintained.

How Can I Help?

If you are concerned about the effect that these changes will have on your business please don’t hesitate contact Emma Spandrzyk in our employment team. Emma can offer a free risk assessment on your existing policies and procedures.

Emma can be contacted at e.spandrzyk@timms-law.com or on 01530 564498.


Emma Spandrzyk

March 2022

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