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For more than 10 years we have provided companies of all sizes and in a variety of sectors with uncomplicated, innovative and affordable human resources advice and on-site support ensuring that your people are an asset to your company and not a liability.


With the National Minimum Wage (NMW) now almost fifteen years old, and with another increase pending on 1st April 2017 HMRC have issued a list of the most elaborate excuses they've been given by employers for not paying the appropriate rates:

Employment Law Update

Alan Kitto

April is one of the two months of the year (along with October) when typically we see changes to employment legislation. From 6th April 2017:

  1. National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase;
  2. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) rates all increase;
  3. The cap on a weeks pay for redundancy purposes increases;

Our Employment Law Update has all of the new rates listed for you.

In addition:

  1. There are changes to salary sacrifice arrangements (not affecting childcare vouchers, cycle to work and ultra low emission car schemes)
  2. The apprenticeship levy comes in to force, meaning employers with an annual payroll in excess of £3,000,000 will have to pay a 0.5% levy on payroll amounts over £3,000,000
  3. Gender pay gap reporting, which affects employers with more than 250 employees requires information relating top April 2017 to be published by April 2018
  4. The General Data Protection Regulations edge ever closer (May 2018); advice is to act now as most companies will have a significant amount of work to do to be complaint
  5. A levy on Tier 2 immigration workers comes in to force

You can download our full Employment Law Update here; for more information, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail.