National minimum wage increase from April 2019 announced

The Chancellor announced the new rates for the national minimum wage which will apply from April 2019 in the Budget. The national living wage rate will increase to £8.21 (from £7.83). This equates to a £690 annual pay rise for… Read on

Compulsory ethnicity pay reporting to be introduced

Following the introduction of mandatory gender pay reporting for larger employers in April 2017, the government is now consulting on introducing similar requirements in respect of ethnicity pay. The proposal is part of a series of measures to tackle barriers… Read on

Bereaved parents entitled to paid leave from 2020

Legislation currently going through Parliament will give employed parents two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18. There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving relatives but… Read on

Shared parental leave: on borrowed time?

Ben Power’s recent article for People Management asked, “why is nobody taking shared parental leave”? And he is not alone, it seems, in suggesting the UK’s newest type of parental leave, introduced in 2015, might not be fit for purpose.… Read on

Compensation increases from 6 April 2018 confirmed

From 6 April 2018 it will be more expensive for employers to make employees redundant and, if a dismissal is found to be unfair by an employment tribunal, the potential amount of compensation payable will also increase. The legislation implementing… Read on

Taxation of termination payments: some changes delayed

It was previously announced that the Government intended to start charging employer National Insurance Contributions on termination payments above £30,000 from April this year. However, it has now been confirmed that this change will not take effect until April 2019.… Read on

Online DBS checks go live

The Disclosure and Barring Service has introduced a new online system for basic disclosure certificates. The new system will cost £25, and should provide faster turnaround times for certificates. Multiple disclosure checks still need to be made through a Responsible… Read on