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Apr 19

Employment – some key stats

Written by Liz Pollock

DDI: 01423 724608
E: liz.pollock@raworths.co.uk

From April 2019 important changes are being made to employment law.  The amendments are being brought in on a staggered basis (between 1 and 8 April 2019) and we have set out four changes worth noting below:

1. Increases in Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Maternity Allowance

The following table sets out the increases in types of parental pay and the date from which the changes are effective.

Date of change 2018 2019
Statutory Sick Pay 6 April 2019 £92.05 £94.25
Statutory Maternity Pay 7 April 2019 £145.18 £148.68
Statutory Paternity Pay 7 April 2019 £145.18 £148.68
Statutory Adoption Pay 7 April 2019 £145.18 £148.68
Statutory Shared Parental Pay 7 April 2019 £145.18 £148.68
Maternity Allowance 8 April 2019 £145.18 £148.68


2. The National Minimum Wage is increasing:

Effective from 1 April 2019. The National Minimum Wage rates are being increased as follows:

Category 2018 (1 April) 2019 (1 April)
National Living Wage (25 years of age and over) £7.83 £8.21
National Minimum Wage (21 – 25 years of age) £7.38 £7.70
National Minimum Wage (18 – 21 years of age) £5.90 £6.15
National Minimum Wage (under 18 years of age) £4.20 £4.35
National Minimum Wage (apprenticeships) £3.70 £3.90


3. Increases in the limits of compensation:

These changes will take effect from 6 April 2019 and will raise the limits placed on payments of tribunal compensation.

  • A week’s pay for the purposes of compensation at tribunal is increasing from £508 to £525.
  • The maximum award of compensation for unfair dismissal is increasing from £83,682 to £86,444.
  • For dismissals relating to trade unions, health and safety, working time representative, pension scheme trustees and employee representatives, the minimum basic award of compensation is increasing from £6,203 to £6,408.
  • The maximum daily guarantee payment for lay-off or short-term work is increasing from £28 to £29.
  • In relation to aggravated breaches of workers’ employment rights, the maximum penalty available is increasing from £5,000 to £20,000.


4. Introduction of itemised payslips

This will be brought in from 6 April 2019 and is applicable to both employees and workers. An employer will have to provide an employee or worker with a pay statement which sets out the number of hours the employee has worked, along with how these hours affect the pay.

If you have any questions in relation to these changes, please do not hesitate to contact our Employment team on 01423 566666.

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