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New Employment Law UK in April: What You Need to Know

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New Employment Law in April: What You Need to Know

Here’s a breakdown of the key changes to employment law coming into effect in April 2024:

No More COVID Leave Carryover: The rule allowing up to 4 weeks of unused leave to be carried over has ended. Use any remaining leave by March 31st.

Minimum Wage Increase: The National Living Wage (NLW) will now apply to those 21 and over, with new rates for all:

  • NLW (21+): £11.44
  • NMW (18-20): £8.60
  • Young Workers (16-17): £6.40
  • Apprentices: £6.40

Holiday Changes for Part-Time and Irregular Workers: Starting in April, holiday entitlement for these workers will be calculated based on a percentage of hours worked (12.07% per pay period), with a maximum of 28 days per year. Employers can also offer “rolled-up” holiday pay.

Easier Requests for Flexible Working: Employees can now request flexible work arrangements from their first day (no 26-week wait!). They can make two requests per year without explaining the impact on the employer and receive a response within 2 months.

More Flexible Paternity Leave: Dads can take statutory paternity leave any time in the first year, splitting it into two one-week blocks (previously had to be taken together).

Increased Protection from Redundancy: Pregnant employees and those recently on maternity/adoption leave will have extra protection from redundancy.

New Statutory Carer’s Leave: Employees with long-term caring responsibilities can take up to 5 days of unpaid leave per year (flexible scheduling allowed).

Statutory Payment Increases: Rates for maternity, adoption, and other related leaves will rise to £184.03, while Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) goes up to £116.75 (effective April 8th).

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To find out more about Supportis, call today on 0161 603 2156 and speak to one of our friendly team about how we can help your business flourish.

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