What’s new in employment law for 2019?

  • Insight

30 April 2019

We’ve rounded up the latest changes to employment law, regarding pay and compensation, effective from the 6 April:

Pay slip changes

There are two important changes to the Employment Rights Act 1996, affecting pay slip information, which came into force on 6 April:

  1. Employers must include the total number of hours worked where the pay varies according to the hours worked, for example under variable hours or zero hour contracts.
  2. Payslips must be given to 'workers' and not just employees. Read our gig economy and employment status update here.

Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Pay

From 6 April 2019, the rate has increased to £148.68 per week. Read our update on enhanced shared parental pay here.

Week’s pay

The cap on a week’s pay, used when calculating statutory redundancy pay or for basic awards in unfair dismissal cases for example, is increasing from £508 to £525.  This makes the max statutory redundancy payment £15,750.

Statutory Sick Pay

From 6 April 2019, SSP is going from £92.05 to £94.25 per week.

Vento bands

From 6 April, awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases will be calculated based on the following bands:

Lower band: £900 - £8,800.

Middle band: £8,800 - £26,300.

Upper band: £26,300 - £44,000. 

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