Here is our summary of the most important changes taking effect this month.
Under the government’s Living with Covid strategy, many Covid measures ended on 1 April:
For a more detailed discussion of the upcoming changes, see here.
The government will implement the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations in full, with minimum rates set to rise by between 4.1% and 9.8%. From 1 April 2022, the new hourly rates are as follows:
The accommodation offset will also rise to GBP 8.70 per day.
Other limits and statutory payments will be increased as follows.
Family related benefits
From 3 April 2022, the prescribed or flat rate of statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental pay will rise from GBP 151.97 to GBP 156.66 per week.
Statutory sick pay (SSP)
From 6 April 2022, SSP will go up from GBP 96.35 to GBP 99.35 per week, but in England and Wales there are no longer any special rules entitling employees to SSP because of Covid.
England and Wales unfair dismissal/redundancy pay
From 6 April 2022, the limit on a statutory week’s pay will increase to GBP 571 (up from GBP 544). This means that the maximum statutory redundancy payment and unfair dismissal basic aware will be GBP 17,130. The cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will increase from GBP 89,493 to GBP 93,878.
Northern Ireland unfair dismissal/redundancy pay
From 6 April 2022, the limit on a ‘week’s pay’ will be GBP 594 (up from GBP 566). This means that the maximum statutory redundancy payment and unfair dismissal basic award will rise to GBP 17,820. Meanwhile the cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will increase from GBP 89,669 to GBP 94,063.
The so-called Vento bands operate as the parameters for injury to feelings awards in successful discrimination claims. For claims presented on or after 6 April 2022 in Employment Tribunals in England or Wales, the new Vento bands will be as follows:
In Northern Ireland, Employment Judges will often use the England and Wales Vento bands as a starting point, although they are not required to do so.
The Health and Social Care levy will be introduced UK-wide from 6 April 2022 and will be collected initially via a 1.25% increase in national insurance contributions (NICs) for working age employees, the self-employed and employers.
From 6 April 2022 eligible employees will be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave following the death of a child under 18, see here.
For more information about health and safety