21 April 2022 by Neil Johnston

Latest employment law changes

The rate of statutory sick pay has increased to £99.35 per week and the requirement for fit notes to be completed and signed in ink has been removed, meaning that GPs can now provide them digitally.

The rate of maternity allowance, statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay, statutory adoption pay, shared parental pay and parental bereavement pay has increased to £156.66 per week.

The rates of national minimum wage have increased to:

  • £9.50 per hour for workers aged 25 or over
  • £9.18 per hour for workers aged 21 to 25
  • £6.83 per hour for workers aged 18 to 21
  • £4.81 per hour for workers aged under 18
  • £4.81 per hour for apprentices.

The compensation limits for Employment Tribunal claims have also increased, with the maximum amount of a week’s pay for calculating redundancy pay and unfair dismissal basic awards increasing to £571.

The cap on the amount of the unfair dismissal compensatory award has increased to £93,878.

The compensation bands for discrimination claims (the Vento bands) have increased to:

  • £990 to £9,900 for less serious cases
  • £9,900 to £29,600 for the middle band
  • £29,600 to £49,300 for the most serious cases
  • £49,300 and above for the most exceptional cases

In addition, organisations should be mindful that HMRC ended its enforcement “grace period” in relation to its enforcement of the IR35 rules on off-payroll working so, if you do engage contractors, ensure that you are regularly reviewing your status determinations to ensure they remain accurate.

If you need advice or assistance in relation to any of these matters or any other employment law matters, please do not hesitate to contact Neil Johnston or Susanna Spencer.

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