Employment Law Changes Come into Effect in April 2016

1 April 2016

  • National Living Wage. The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/68) will come into force on 1 April 2016. The new National Living Wage will apply to workers aged 25 and over at a rate of £7.20 an hour.

6 April 2016

  • Financial penalties for unpaid tribunal awards and settlements. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Commencement No 4) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/321) will come into force on 6 April 2016. The regulations bring section 150 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 into force. Section 150 inserts a new Part 2A into the Employment Tribunal Act 1996 to introduce a new scheme for penalising employers who fail to pay tribunal awards or settlement sums under a COT3. For more information on the scheme.
  • Tribunal postponement provisions of SBEEA. The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/271) will apply to claims issued on or after 6 April 2016. These changes include limiting the number of postponements to two for each party in each case, introducing a deadline for postponements of seven days before the hearing and requiring a costs or preparation order to be considered where a successful application for a postponement is made less than seven days before the hearing. For more information on the changes.
  • Abolition of contracting-out on a salary related basis. On 6 April 2016, the government NICs rebates for contracting out of S2P will be removed and employers and employees will have to contribute in full. For more information.
  • Tribunal compensation limits. The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2016 (SI 2016/268) will come into force on 6 April 2016. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £78,335 to £78,962. The maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and various awards including the basic and additional awards for unfair dismissal, also rises from £475 to £479. For more information on key rates and limits.

If you have any questions relating to Employment Law, contact Tim Healy at Slade Legal on 01235 521920 or alternatively email tim.healy@slade-legal.co.uk

 

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