Employment Law Changes – April 2014

02/04/2014 Filed under HR

April 2014 brings with it a changes in the employment world.

The usual statutory payments such as statutory sick pay and family friendly payments have been reviewed and uplifted as detailed in the table below from 6th April 2014 plus Flexible Working rights have been confirmed as being extended to anyone with 6 months service.

Until now, workers could only request a change to their working hours or arrangements if they had children under the age of 17, disabled children or if they had caring responsibilities; however the law has been amended to allow, from 30th June 2014, anyone with 6 months service to make a flexible working request.  There are no changes to the statutory procedure to follow when handling such a request and the obligation remain on employers to seriously consider the request rather than automatically accomodating it – it’s a complex area so please contact us for advice and support.

Statutory Payments (subject to eligibility criteria) – From 6th April 2014
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) 6 weeks at 90% of average earnings followed by 33 weeks paid at £138.18 per week.
Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) 6 weeks at 90% of average earnings followed by 33 weeks paid at £138.18 per week.
Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) £138.18 per week for a maximum entitlement of 2 weeks (except where additional paternity leave is taken)
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) £87.55 per week for a maximum entitlement of 28 weeks.
Statutory Redundancy Pay (SRP) Capped at £464 per week for a maximum of 30 weeks.
National Minimum Wage – 1st October 2013 (Reviewed every October)
£6.31 per hour Main Rate – Workers Aged 21 and over.
£5.03 per hour Development Rate – Workers Aged 18-20.
£3.72 per hour Young Workers Rate – Workers over school leaving age but under the age of 18.
£2.68 per hour Apprentice Rate – Apprentices under 19 or aged 19 or over but in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Statutory Minimum Holiday Entitlement
5.6 weeks Per full holiday year.  Can include bank holidays.