EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES APRIL 2020
There are three important changes to written statements, which will apply from April 6th 2020:
There are three important changes to agency workers’ rights which will apply from April 6th 2020:
From 6th April 2020, there will be a reduction in the percentage of employees required to make a valid request for an agreement on the sharing of information and consultation within the workplace. Currently it is at least 10% of the workforce who must put in a request before an employer is obliged to take steps to comply with this right. This percentage will be reduced to 2%. The requirement that at least 15 employees make the request will remain.
The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act 2018 has now been passed by Royal Assent and is expected to come into force in April.
It will give all employed parents the right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
From 6th April 2020, the reference period to calculate a ‘week’s pay’ for holiday pay purposes will be extended from the previous 12 weeks of work to the previous 52 weeks.
From this date, regulations made under the Companies Act 2006 require UK listed companies with more than 250 UK employees to report annually on the pay gap between their chief executive and their average UK worker.
The first reports are due in 2020.
There are two important changes to the Employment Rights Act 1996, affecting pay slip information, which will come into force on 6 April:
SSP Amendment for coronavirus self-isolation – 13 Mar 2020
From this date, statutory sick pay (SSP) is payable from day one of an employee or worker’s absence from work, rather than day four as previously, if the reason for the absence is self-isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in accordance with guidance from Public Health England, NHS Scotland, or Public Health Wales.
Employers are responsible for paying SSP and ‘will know the reason their staff are giving for not being at work’ according to a government press release.
The legislation is temporary, subject to ministerial rule and automatically lapses after eight months.
Legislation to make SSP payable from day one for absence due to Covid-19 sickness is also promised.
|Year||25 and over||21 to 24||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
|April 2020 (current rate)||£8.72||£8.20||£6.45||£4.55||£4.15|
|April 2019 to March 2020||£8.21||£7.70||£6.15||£4.35||£3.90|