Through March and April 2018 there are significant employment law changes that employers should be aware of:

  • ‘Fit for work’ assessment scheme ends, employers, employees and GPs will still be able to use the ‘Fit for work’ helpline, website and web chat service, but the assessment service will close in England and Wales on 31 March 2018, and in Scotland on 31 May 2018
  • Increase in National Minimum Wage and National Minimum Wage

-Workers aged 25 and over: £7.83 an hour (National Living Wage)
-Workers aged 21 and over: £7.38 an hour
-Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £5.90 an hour
-Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £4.20 an hour
-Apprentice rate: £3.70 an hour

  • Family friendly payments and statutory sick pay

– Statutory maternity (SMP), paternity (SPP), adoption (SAP) and shared parental pay (ShPP) will rise from £140.98 to £145.18 a week from April. Usually the rate increase would be from 1 April, but the statement to Parliament announcing the new figures suggests the date this year may be Monday 9 April 2018.

-Statutory sick pay (SSP) is due to rise this month from £89.35 to £92.05.

For more information and for further employment law updates visit the CIPD website.

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